Alternative Histories: Noreile Breen on Louis Kahn
Kahn’s drawing is composed of solid and dotted hard pencil lines with red hatching on coloured paper; conventions representing elements above, below and through a cut line. Parallel lines and breaks between lines give an indication of scale. Curious, massive, triangular, hollow and inaccessible forms meet broken lines in a variety of configurations. Their relationship is taut, exact and spin in a dance with one another around the edge. The triangle even changes its size. If the drawing were a building, what might it be made of? I study the drawing by making drawings of it, sketching the plan’s three-dimensional potential. Then I make a number of sketch models. I have made a little 22 carat gold tabernacle which celebrates and explores the range of extruded possibilities where depths, shadows and reflections are exaggerated in a golden supernova spectrum.
– Noreile Breen