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Architecture & cultural space.

Classical reference-Shrine of Remembrance, Brisbane

Designed in the Greek Classic Revival style, the columns of the Shrine of Remembrance are built of Helidon sandstone,and the Eternal Flame is kept in a brass urn within the Shrine. The steps leading to the Shrine of Remembrance from ANZAC Square are made of Queensland granite. The 18 columns of the Shrine symbolize the year 1918, when hostilities ceased.

In much of the Western world, different classical architectural styles have dominated the history of architecture from the Renaissance until the second world war, though it continues to inform many architects to this day.

Although classical styles of architecture can vary greatly, they can in general all be said to draw on a common “vocabulary” of decorative and constructive elements. The term “classical architecture” also applies to any mode of architecture that has evolved to a highly refined state, such as classical Chinese architecture, or classical Mayan architecture. It can also refer to any architecture that employs classical aesthetic philosophy.



-I get the feeling of being back in the roman or greek times when i gaze at this structure.

-The colours of the sandstone are very attractive and make the structure stand alone where as surrounding buildings have aged with visibility.

– some of the features remind me of art nouveau

Modernist reference- The Old Museum, Brisbane

Functionalist & Moderne

The functionist and moderne style often used combinations of blonde and brown bricks in linear vertical or horizontal patterns. Notable examples include: Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney); Captain’s Flat Hotel (NSW); Russell Street Police Headquarters (Melbourne); Astor Theatre (St Kilda, Victoria); Ballarat Law Courts (Ballarat);



The Old Museum was originally called the Exhibition Building and Concert Hall. It was built in 1891 for the Queensland National Agricultural and Industrial Association after Brisbane’s first exhibition building, which had occupied the land, was destroyed by fire on 13 June 1888. At the time of the fire the building was being used as a skating rink.

The land had been used by the Queensland Acclimatisation Society from 1863-1875.

The new exhibition building was designed by the architect George Henry Male Addison (1857–1922). The style of the building may best be described as progressive eclecticism. It is entered in the Queensland Heritage Register.


There are multiple lenses through which the evolution of modern architecture may be viewed. Some historians see it as a social matter, closely tied to the project of Modernity and thus the Enlightenment. Modern architecture developed, in their opinion, as a result of social and political revolutions.Others see Modern architecture as primarily driven by technological and engineering developments. Still other historians regard Modernism as a matter of taste, a reaction against eclecticism and the lavish stylistic excesses of Victorian andEdwardian architecture.



-The circular designs refer to a more modern style, elaborate shapes colours and materials are used to trigger thoughts of superiority, academia or wealth.

-I make links to jacobethean or free style building techniques are evident within the patterns the bricks are layed.

Late/Post modernist reference- Waterfront Place, Brisbane

The original waterfront site covers approximately 5,200 square metres (56,000 sq ft), has two prominent street frontages and 110 metres (360 ft) frontage to the river. However, the adjoining Norman Wharf site owned by the State Government was unsightly and acted as a barrier between the site and the rest of the Brisbane central business district. In order to develop the site to its best potential it became necessary to purchase the Norman Wharf site from the State Government. The final site area was approximately 23,400 square metres (252,000 sq ft) including both freehold and leasehold, and enjoyed frontages on Eagle Street, Felix Street and Mary Street.


Modernist architects may regard postmodern buildings as vulgar, associated with a populist ethic, and sharing the design elements of shopping malls, cluttered with “gew-gaws”. Postmodern architects may regard many modern buildings as soulless and bland, overly simplistic and abstract.




-The design of this building is simplistic and abstract, the minimal but repetitive layout allows for vast space within the structure. Making this a very stylish yet simple build.

-References to cubism,minimalism. At different times of the day the glass reflects different colours making this building a very surreal and abstract structure.

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Personal Artwork Analysis



Untitled mixed media 1 2012, Joshua Blake.

-This experimental piece made made for the purpose of practising and experimenting acquired technique. I focused on colour, composition, depth, contrast, texture as well as form.

-The ideology behind my subject is simple its the process of my brush or whatever colour in whatever media i am holding and accentuate existing lines and shape in order enhance my picture and build up my layers. But focusing on texture and a contrasting palette i try to capture my vivid photographic ideas in my head, here for instance my inspiration was graffiti art forms, thoughts of space water and bacterial for no particular reason, i just thought it.

– This piece is made up of a support including 9 pieces of wood (reclaimed wood), liquid concrete and craft nails. Acrylic, gauche  oil, died plaster (red), white plaster, wax, various alcohol based thinners as well as oil based and water based varnishes.

– When displayed the piece it will hang without evidence of suspension from wire screwed into the back, and no mater what way the piece is able to be viewed without any type of frame or border. I personally would prefer this work to be displayed by suspension but is able to be placed on an easel and presented like so, even so this piece could also be displayed flat about 100 cm from the ground on a plinth covered by glass. as of yet this piece is yet to exhibit let alone leave the studio.

– If i could link this work to any particular genres as a whole they would be surrealism, action painting (abstract expressionism),graffuturism and urban avant only as if it were chiselled off the wall an taken back to the studio for further working.

– To understand this piece i say you would not really need to understand to much, but politically speaking, possibly the idea and thought of motion, earth, fire, water, air, and a general understanding of organics.

– My ideas from space and time come from Sigmund Freud & Albert Einstein as well as various philosophers and artist of all kinds. Through my upbringing through the 90’s i saw a lot of controversy on the news as well as a lot of some of the worlds most beautiful things and as i child i didnt have much else except my imagination, so with my mind running wild being fed with images and the imagination that i had i suppose it just led to this without any major influences. If i could connect my art to any other artists works i would say Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg and alley cat

Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, oil on canvas, 1907

Robert rauschenberg, Untitled combine 1955. Mixed media

alley cat, Untitled

– Links to globalistion could possibly be the fact that my work has the ability to speak to anybody at any age no matter the knowledge of art, and was made to be able to communicate with various cultures from around the world. This peice contains elements of found objects as the main support is constructed out of peices of wood i found from around the studio. Recylcing is currently a global phenomenon.

-The only electronic thechnology that has impacted on my art is not necessarily seen here, but digital images and videos impact on me as an artist in the choice of colour and sometimes materials I use.

– Not particularlly aimed philistines, open minded young emerging artist should be able to grasp my concept quiet easily, and if not anybody who is open minded should not have an issue enjoying this peice.


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