Final Assignment: The City, The Door, and The Room

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.”
― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities


For your final assignment you will be drawing and painting an architectural triptych – a three-panel painting which was oft employed in early Christian art and has been used as a contemporary device for the organization and juxtaposition of different paintings and elements. Using this device, you will draw three things – a drawing at the urban scale (the city); a drawing at the scale of the street (the door), and a drawing from within a building (the room). These drawings will not be of an existing city per-se, but should be a city “of your dreams.” With this, of course, I refer not to an idealized city, but a city that is both foreign and familiar, one with recognizable elements yet strange situations.

Like your very first assignment, which was an “urban self portrait,” this assignment should be a representative navigation of your subconscious. Utilizing any or all of the techniques that you learned this semester, I want you to set up a narrative of drawings at the level of the city, the street and the room. Remember to use semantic clues and minute details to tell your story, including people, objects, signs, texts, and titles. Feel free to write a brief narrative if you believe it will help elucidate your drawings.

For your final I would like you to plot your drawings. The size and proportion is up to your discretion, but they should be at least larger than 11×17 each. Remember, as with any assignment I want to see PROCESS, and the more process I see the better.


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