Forum Panel Features Flavin Judd

Forum Panel Features Flavin Judd

We're starting a new series at DCFA and AIA Dallas...Don't have a catchy name for it yet, but it will involve reports from those architecture events you might have missed. Our first roving reporter is Ryan Flener, a recent graduate of the University of Tennesee College of Architecture & Deisgn who says he's a "student" at Good Fulton & Farrell Architects.  Here's his report:

A Conversation with Flavin Judd, Tuesday night’sDallas Architecture Forum event at the Dallas Center for Architecture, onceagain confirmed why the Forum is so highly acclaimed. Beginning with a beer ortwo, a look at the DCFA exhibition on Santiago Calatrava, and the mingling offamiliar and new faces, the “conversation” was immediately comfortable.

With a backdrop eighty or so images of Donald Judd’s mostcompelling spaces in New York; Marfa, Texas; and Switzerland, moderator FrancesColpitt led the audience and Flavin Judd into a dialogue on his father’s designphilosophy and how it matured from nude females in landscapes to simple boxesin a room. Donald found pleasure in those simple things that move us—the touchof dirt to the fingers, the temperature of a specific place and time, perhapseven the taste of a bad meal—and since they belong to a realm seeminglyimpossible to represent in two dimensions, it is no wonder that he foundhimself making so many “objects.” (Although Flavin did mention that Donald“couldn’t build anything…he just handed it off to someone else and they made itwork.”)

As the conversation progressed, for a while, design wasalmost forgotten and the man himself was examined. And although “Don” (asFlavin referred to him) is often associated with the minimalist movement, thereseemed to be a person much more complex than the surface-oriented objects hecreated. “We never had boring conversations,” said Flavin. “You know, sometimespeople talk about weather or clouds. That never happened with Don.” While it isapparent that they spent less time together than most of the nuclear ranchersin Marfa at the time, Flavin clearly benefitted from being raised in thatcontemporary philosophy.

On the surface, Donald Judd’s work can seem simple andrepetitive.  Flavin’s guidance into the personal life of this Texas herowas welcome—it makes the works come to life on a new level.

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