Kyna Leski, an architect and art professor at RISD, gave her students a painting by Paul Klee – asked them to build a third dimension to the painting. One student assigned height to rectangles based on color, and built a complex object. He’d somehow osmotically absorbed the work of Klee and created an object that refracted the morning light to recreate the Klee painting.
The creative process makes me think that I am an atheist, and that I am not.
We become mystified by words like creative ability, talent or genius. These are different intelligences. Artistic sensibility is a keen intelectual perception. It’s on the cusp between percept and concept. It comes from the latin root that means “to gather”. I reckon, I get it, I gather, I see…
Kyna Leski, photo by Kris Krüg
If we’re asked to hold a sheet of paper, we grasp it between a thumb and forefinger. There’s a lot of intelligence in this simple gesture – we’re creating a cantilever and introducing dimension to the paper.
A medium is something that goes between and connections. When we choose materials and processes, they go between the questions that we’re asking. The friction in a thread and a magnet might capture the tension between living and working in a single space. These material geometries do not need translation. But metrics are needed to translate these things up in scale.
Finding, forming materials can be thought of as “material reasoning”. The word material comes from the word for mother, mater; the word for pattern from pater or father. Matrix comes from the word from womb. The matrix is where pattern and material are married. It is a generative order that holds the whole.
The sketch of a design for a chapel, starting with a church’s need to grow and breathe also starts with a trapezoidal footprint. We kept putting on a spire, and it kept getting knocked off. The word “spire” comes from spirit – inspire, spiral. We found that if we squared the walls to the trapezoidal plan, the building took on a spiral shape, looking as if the building is exhaling.
Creativity is not in knowledge, like we might get from a search engine – it’s about discovery, finding yourself somewhere in the unknown. The first studio class at RISD is designed to remove foundations, not put students on firm footing. Students look at cellular strucutres, to build a set of joints – critical for architects, the articulated meetings. Students make matrices which have distinct behaviors, a product of the articulation of the joints. In the process, they create a ground, or perhaps a raft, of their own, without room for previous baggage.
A creative work coheres by recognizing connections – coherence gathered and meaning made. (via Ethan Zuckerman)>
RISD Professor of Architecture Kyna Leski spoke this past weekend at Pop!Tech. Here is Ethan Zuckerman’s summary of Kyna’s talk on creativity. (via our.)>
RYOHEI TSUTSUI_DEGREE PROJECT 2009 BOOK_ADVISOR: KYNA LESKI_ROOFSCAPE NEIGHBORHOOD.
CRITIQUES/REVIEWS: Degree Project 2009 Review No:2 : Ryohei Tsutsui, instructor Kyna Leski. Critics: David Gersten, Kyna Leski, Jason Woods, Maria Guest, Elizabeth Hermann.
APRIL 7 (TUESDAY), BEB AUDITORIUM ROOM 106, Begins at 6:30PM
Professors of Architecture Chris Bardt and Kyna Leski and their architectural firm 3SIX0 have much to celebrate as they begin 2009: one of their recent commissions, the 60-seat children’s chapel for the Shepherd of the Valley United Methodist Church in Scituate, RI, has already garnered much recognition, only two months after its consecration.
As architecture critic William Morgan noted, in designing their first church, the firm “tried to balance the practical needs of the congregation with explorations of the spiritual. […] Without spending a fortune, the church became a patron of good architecture. And, because of their desire to create a sacred space, the architects gave Shepherd of the Valley Church a real treasure.”
3SIX0 learned in late fall that their chapel had won an Honor Award (Gold) from the Rhode Island AIA, one of two they won - out of three state-wide awards. Congratulations, Chris and Kyna.
Flip through the virtual portfolio of 3six0 — the firm of C. Bardt (B.Arch 1983) and K. Leski, professors in the RISD architecture department.
Degree Project booklet for 2007-2008. Critics for this year’s graduating class: Brian Goldberg, Kyna Leski, Peter Tagiuri, Lynnette Widder, Christian Volkmann, Jonathan Knowles, Gabriel Feld, and Maria Guest.
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