a menu of possibilities
|THE EMPTY ROOM= FIRST DIRECTORY|
|THE EMPTY ROOM= SECOND DIRECTORY|
|THE EMPTY ROOM= THIRD DIRECTORY|
|THE EMPTY ROOM= FOURTH DIRECTORY|
|THE EMPTY ROOM= BARELY POPULATED|
|EMPTY ROOM -THE DOMESTIC EXUBERANT|
|EMPTY ROOM -AMERICAN DECOR|
|Rural Houses of Japan , Yukio Futagawa 1958-1960|
|Les Vues de Sagan, Sotheby's 1989|
|Henri Monnier, Moeurs administrative 1828|
The spectacle of the Empty Room, show mostly in colour and exclusively American from the period 1945-1965. This is the raw material for something more ambitious on the theme of Mystery and Melancoly.
|HOUSE AND GARDENS 1953, a Guide to Interior Decoration|
|WIRTH, DAS DEUTSCHES ZIMMER 1886|
|MYSTERY AND MELANCHOLY (CHRIS MULLEN)|
|KOCH'S HANDBUCH NEUZEITLICHER WOHNUNGS-KULTUR 1924|
|KOCH'S 1000 IDEEN ZUR KUNSTLERISCHEN AUSGESTALTUNG DER WOHNUNG|
|WOLFGANG TITZENTHALER BERLINER INTERIEURS 1910-1930|
|DRAWN INTERIORS EUROPEAN ROOMS 1900-1920 4 IMAGES|
SINGLES EXAMPLES OF EXCELLENCE
|BRUCE TALBOT GOTHIC FORMS 1876|
|Indian room with hanging banners 1866|
|All This Desk Clutter can be eliminated 1964|
|built for permanence.. BANAL TILED INTERIORS, Areketex 1956|
This a set of visual options where you can look at/into unpopulated rooms. This allows you a full scrutiny but with an uneasy feeling of Voyeurism, that you are being observed, or are about to be caught in the act. The obvious examples are Van Gogh's paintings of his own room, Luke Fildes' depiction of Dickens' work room after his death. There are some exercises in the genre by Adolph Menzel.
Wirth's illustrations manage to drain any interest out of the interiors. I constructed in book form for The House in the Middle exhibition at the Towner Art Gallery Eastbourne in 2004.The Koch books repay study and some examples have the mad intensity of Diane Keaton's Reservations book.
The Drawn Interiors show how line and wash can invent perfect inner Utopias.