Axonometric Realism: “Hortus Conclusus”

Beate Gütschow is a German contemporary artist who works primarily through photography. In her work, she analyses the complex and ever-changing relationships between perception, representation and reality.

The bizarre and visually-perplexing nature of the images within the associated article, contain a myriad of architectural implications. The consolidation of photographic information into a unified perspectival artifice, mirrors the way in which architects interpret/summarize the disorganized context of an environment in order to develop a rational basis upon which design decisions can be made. The resulting quality of the images also elicit a strong sense of urban hierarchy, particularly in the clinically precise nature of their composition (almost like a catalog of parts). You are encouraged to view these images, and reflect on the interpretive role you play as a designer.

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