Sifting through Harvard Design Magazine’s latest Issue devoted to the topics of landscape, urbanism and sustainability in reference to pleasure and erotics….
An illustrated essay by Gross.Max (Design Against Nature) reminded me the unique effects of their collages:
Part of the appeal of GROSS.MAX’s design vignettes is that they don’t try to be photographically ‘real’ and they avoid over-determinacy, creating a back and forth exchange of vicarious sensual and intellectual experience. They read as open visual text with space for contingency and possibility…a reproductive agency that flirts with the reader’s imagination.
Rather than illustrating a landscape product, they open up possibility and create suspension and wonder. They index themselves as lingering imagined fantasies that reveal notions of what might be, while acknowledging a propositional future that doesn’t yet exist. As both diagram and collage they provide a welcome counterpoint to the barrage of seamless 3D software renderings and laboriously overworked Photoshop illustrations that leave little for the imagination to play with.
All images by GROSS.MAX