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Featured Artist

DARE TO BE WILD! / Issue #2
RHYTHM --- HOW IT MOVES YOU (IN YOUR ART AND LIFE)

FEATURED ARTIST

Zaha hadid

a tribute to the architect, designer, artist . . .
 

Our featured artist this month is the infamous Iraqi-British architect, artist and designer, Zaha Hadid, who unfortunately passed suddenly in March, 2016, at the age of 66. Her architectural creations are distinctively neofuturistic, characterized by the powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures with multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry. The appeal in her work lies in the sense that they embody a unique female personality; her work will always be seen as voluptuously feminine. 

In describing herself, she has remarked that she has always felt "powerful," even as a child. During her early artistic development, she deeply admired the Russian Supremist paintings, especially those produced by Kasimir Malevich.

 Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid

A gifted mathematician, Zaha was attracted to the geometrical compositions and saw them as floating in an abstract space; even referring to them as "galaxies" suspended in space. She began exploring her own ideas through the medium of painting, making preparatory sketches and studies elaborating her own ideas of forms in space in her architectural designs

    Supremus No. 56   , 1916 - Kasimir Malevich

 Supremus No. 56 , 1916 - Kasimir Malevich

 
 1989 painting by Ms. Hadid of Hafenstrasse, a street in Hamburg, Germany.  (credit: Zaha Hadid Architects)

1989 painting by Ms. Hadid of Hafenstrasse, a street in Hamburg, Germany.
(credit: Zaha Hadid Architects)

  Vision for Madrid, Spain  , (1992). (Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects)

Vision for Madrid, Spain, (1992). (Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects)

 Detail from Zaha Hadid’s Metropolis 1988  (Credit Zaha Hadid Architects)

Detail from Zaha Hadid’s Metropolis 1988 (Credit Zaha Hadid Architects)

In later years, she relied more and more on the computing capabilities of the computer to create her complex and fluid compositions – originating the new idea of "parametricism;" the designing of spaces to geometrics, using a self-referential system, in which all the elements are interrelated, and if any changes occur from the outside, that alters all the other parts. One can actually say that this parallels Wassily Kandinsky's idea of "inner necessity," where there is an inherent wholeness that relies on all of its parts . . . the parts "call" to the necessity of the part next to it.

 Changsha Meixihu International Culture Art Centre (Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects)

Changsha Meixihu International Culture Art Centre (Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects)

 Heydar Aliyev centre, Baku, Azerbaijan  (Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects)

Heydar Aliyev centre, Baku, Azerbaijan (Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects)

The beauty of the landscape - where sand, water, reeds, birds, buildings, and people all somehow flowed together - has never left me.
— Zaha Hadid

Even though she was not the first to explore the floating curve in the language of architecture (see the work of Eero Saarinen and Oscar Niemeyer), Zaha Hadid continued her explorations and can now be said to be identified by her uncompromising, demanding vision and has shaped the way we see them: seductive, voluptuous and speaking of an incomparable ease.

 
Our vision of the urban environment is that it should have the same coherency and intricacy as nature.
— Patrik Schumacher, partner, Zaha Hadid Architects


VIDEOS:

Dame Zaha Hadid | Full Q&A | Oxford Union  
https://youtu.be/k0gLhcPOtdM  

Zaha Hadid Architects  
https://youtu.be/kp_ZTnanbZ8  

Zaha Hadid: A look back at her work – BBC News
https://youtu.be/b3Bhv2T8Naw   

Zaha Hadid and Suprematism | Tate Talks
https://youtu.be/GF_qPKnrrHo    

Zaha Hadid on Kazimir Malevich - Secret Knowledge
("fascinated by abstraction . . liberated me from all of these rules."
https://youtu.be/yye33DucQvw    

In Honor of Zaha Hadid: A Conversation with Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman and Deborah Berke 
https://youtu.be/x0itDZeBaUU  

   

 

 

 

 

 

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