I’ve been told the cross section of my hair is in the shape of an ellipse. In 2009, after witnessing how often I shed, a friend pointed out each cluster could be a drawing found in my hand. Five years and a camera with a large aperture later I’ve discovered the means for framing these seemingly random convergence of lines. Each cluster made from a single habitual gesture of running one’s fingers through their hair yet the resulting organization is vast and many.
In “Les Grandes Epreuves de l’esprit” Henri Michaux states the human need “to overload and un-simplify” which Smiljan Radic refers when introducing his term dissolution construction technique and further illustrates as “unsteady joints, loose nails, oblique angles, rough measurements, splinters, fragility, oversizing, cracks, poverty.”
Valparaiso is an assemblage of dissolution construction techniques resulting in a rich collage of material and soft ambiguity of edges. Metal, wood and corrugated sheet metal are the prevalent city building materials and with portable tools are immediately modifiable, i.e. screw adds and saw edits. The following images are material examples of this directness in resolving what is at hand and one of the foundational characteristics of this city.