Sunday, 24 October 2010

Emergent wall images

Gràcia, 14 March. (Sometimes it is difficult to know whether they are emerging or fading away.)

I cannot forbear to mention among these precepts a new device for study which, although it may seem but trivial and almost ludicrous, is nevertheless extremely useful in arousing the mind to various inventions. And this is, when you look at a wall spotted with stains, or with a mixture of stones, if you have to devise some scene, you may discover a resemblance to various landscapes, beautified with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys and hills in varied arrangement; or again you may see battles and figures in action; or strange faces and costumes, and an endless variety of objects, which you could reduce to complete and well drawn forms. And these appear on such walls confusedly, like the sound of bells in whose jangle you may find any name or word you choose to imagine. -- Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Tape marks

Casa Tosquella

Casa Tosquella (Carrer Ballester 6, off Ronda General Mitre) was built in 1889 as a summer house by architect Antoni Tosquella and work done by Juan Caballé.
In 1906 the house was redesigned by Eduard Maria Balcells i Buïgas (an architect transitional between the Modernisme and Noucentisme movements). Also still standing amongst the work of Balcells i Buïgas in Barcelona is a Noucentista apartment block at Carrer Torrent de l'Olla 72.

Reflection on paper

Carrer d'Asturies, 13 March.


Gràcia, 13 March.

Study in green and blue


Two ephemera