This paper examines John Hejduk's (1929-2000) Diamond Projects (1962-1967) from the point of view of their translation of certain painterly forms and ideas – those relayed through or rendered in the diamond-shaped canvases of Piet Mondrian – into architectural devices and composition strategies. The paper tracks Hejduk's efforts to mimic and give architectural form to the specific effects he discerns in the diamond canvases of Mondrian. Put differently, and to use his own words, the paper undertakes an analysis of Hejduk's experiments in translating neo-plasticist space into architecture.
2 Jul 2014
Translation: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand 31st Annual Conference