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John Marx’s watercolors, first published in the Architectural Review, are a captivating example of an architect’s way of thinking. Subtle and quiet they are nonetheless compelling works in how they tackle a sense of place, of inhabiting space and time all the while resonating with the core of one’s inner being. There is an existential quality to these watercolors that is rare to be found in this medium. Something akin to the psychologically piercing observational quality of artists like De Chirico or Hopper.

As architects strive to communicate their ideas, it is interesting to explore the world of Marx’s watercolors as an example of a humane approach to conveying emotional meaning in relation to our environment. Marx’s subject matter read like “built landscapes” heightening the role of the manmade yet wholly in balance with the natural world. This is a message and sentiment that is perhaps more important than ever to relay to audiences.

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ISBN-13: 9781943532421
Publisher: ORO Editions
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 11.50(w) x 11.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Marx, AIA, is the founding design principal of Form4 Architecture in San Francisco, CA. He advocates for the inclusion of Philosophy, Art, and Poetry in the thoughtful making of place. Keenly aware that architecture is a balancing act between self expression and collaboration, he uses the compelling power of form to create emotionally resonant architecture and urban spaces. John’s design work, and writing has been published in over 100 national and international publications. He has widely lectured on the topics of Design, Placemaking, Emotional Meaning and Cultural Vibrancy in Silicon Valley and places as diverse as Korea, Italy, Austria, Australia, Canada and the Technion in Israel. John exhibited his work at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale and exhibited during 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale at GAFF.

Laura Iloniemi, Born in Helsinki, Iloniemi grew up in Finland, Switzerland and the United States. She studied History of Art at the University of Edinburgh and museology at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris followed by a post-graduate degree in the history and philosophy of architecture from the University of Cambridge.

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"I love this book! Études by John Marx is an insightful, beautifully elegant look into the art and mind of an accomplished, contemporary Renaissance man. The paintings and poetry—appearing isolated when taken individually—merge wonderfully into coherence by the thread of a line or the design of a page. The wonderment builds with every turn." —Will Roger Peterson, founding board member and chair, Burning Man Project

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