Pleasure in a magazine
So is print dead? Certainly not, and if you want evidence of that, look at the latest issue of RIBA Journal, which arrived on my doormat as a bundle of pleasure.
First of all there were the results of the Eye Line drawing competition. Architects of course have to draw in some way, even with BIM etc. but when they try to get all 'artistic' the results can be pretty thin. Not so with these results. I opened the spread with the image of the overall winner and just thought 'wow'. Matthew Kernan has done a drawing called 'Fragmenting Nostalgia and Locus Amoenus' (no, I don't understand it either). I just thought, I would love to have that on my wall.
The judges made reference to Velazquez's 'Las Meninas' but surely the real reference is to that wonderful Vilhelm Hammershøi. The colours, the composition. In fact, the small painting on the left may even be by Hammershøi, although I can't find that exact one. But the use of disappearing perspective, of spaces within spaces, of light falling, is just fantastic.
Is one drawing enough to make a magazine? Probably not, but some of the other work is great as well, particularly a witty tribute to Heath Robinson.
And in the same issue there is a really considered and reasoned response to the Grenfell Tower disaster. Which shows that, while fast news has its value, sometimes a more measured response can be equally important.
Hooray for print! And do I have any complaints? Just one. I don't know what the composition of the printing ink is, but it smells really horrible.