fraser st

Thursday, 10 April 2014

I'm breaking the unplanned blogging silence with some shots from a recent little styling job for a house that was an old Chamberlain Javens Architects project.

Images above by me and images below by Fraser Marsden.

grundtvig church, copenhagen

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

If you've been following me for a while, you may remember that this Danish church was one of the my first posts. My admiration for this monolithic brick structure hasn't subsided in the least, so I'm excited to share these photos from my in-the-flesh visit.

The approach to the building wasn't quite what I was expecting. Located outside of the city centre, the church was built as part of a new housing development in the 1910s. A series of identical houses were formally arranged along an axis leading up to the church entry. I found the solid brick facade a little severe, particularly in tandem with the surrounding housing development. It felt like Metropolis meets new suburbia, which was a little unnerving.Yet when I cracked open the side door, all apprehension dissipated. This space was as sublime as I had been expecting. The beauty of the brick detailing, the gentle vertical rhythm and the almost foggy pale glow of light washing down the nave - nothing let me down. On top of that, there was nobody else in there. I had his heavenly space, all to myself. How blissful and surreal.

rundetaarn, copenhagen

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

In seven and a half helical rotations, Rundetaarn in Copenhagen transports pedestrians from the footpath to the top of the observatory tower. The steady incline to the top spirals between a monolithic brick floor and the rhythmic curves of the vaulted ceiling above. Embedded halfway up the journey is a gallery space, which during my visit, housed a exhibition on hand drawings. Super bonus, Secret Garden style.

Now that's what I call an arrival procession done right.

yoko ono, louisiana museum of modern art

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

I mentioned previously that Louisiana Museum Modern Art was my favourite find in Copenhagen. This is a bit of a russian dolls post, but the golden nugget hiding inside- Yoko Ono's exhibition - truly deserves its own post.

To be honest, I thought of Yoko Ono as little more than John Lennon's sidekick prior to this exhibition. By the time I left, I'd developed a heavy infatuation with this woman's inspiring, expansive mind and immense creative energy. Covering everything from installation to film, music, performance art and painting, one thing rang very clear: this prolific artist knows how to generate ideas. As a visitor to the exhibition, both the eyes and mind were truly stimulated. Each work was a dangling carrot, encouraging me to discover more about myself, others and the way we engage with the world.

One of my favourites within the exhibition was the "Telephone Maze." Using layers of glass and clever lighting, this seemingly simple maze was a disorienting experience. Dizzying light refractions threw me of course over and over. For me, the maze quickly became a performance experience with crowds suddenly emerging from nowhere, all gazing at my attempt to navigate the maze. At the heart of the maze was a telephone, which delivered performance based instructions at irregular intervals. My timing didn't coincide with a phone call, so I made my way out, somehow still stumbling my way through a path already travelled.

"We're all water"
Bottles of liquid marked with names of celebrities

"Morning Beams"

louisiana museum of modern art, copenhagen

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

The Louisiana Museum was easily my favourite spot in Copenhagen. The experience began with a one hour train ride from the city through the woods. The physical distance provided mental distance and I revelled in the luxury of escape. 

We arrived at the sculpture park and gallery, at a modest house with a ticket booth. The journey began through a long, internalized gallery space. Incrementally, the beauty of the museum grounds revealed itself. Small windows gradually opened up to glassy walkways and long ribbon windows, offering long views to the generous grassy lawns and the heavily rooted trees scattered across the site. Eventually, we found ourselves exploring the sculpture park, set against the stunning backdrop of the sea. 

The building was designed by Jørgen Bo and Wilhelm Wohlert in 1958. There is a considered understanding of the journey through the space, shifting from underground spaces to long vistas from up high. From narrow corridors to double height spaces. The gaze is guided from one view to another, always complimenting the moment before and the moment after. 

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