Bovenbouw: On James Gowan's page 9 from Sketchbook 10, 1990

Bovenbouw, On James Gowan's page from Sketchbook 10, 1990, model 11 – Drawing Matter

Bovenbouw (*2011) and Dirk Somers (*1976), On James Gowan's page 9 from Sketchbook 10, 1990, 2018. Wood, cement, steel and brick.

We had great fun elaborating on the cumulative aspect of James Gowan’s sketch. Gowan drew a procession of different structural features – a conga line of architectural fragments.

We reinterpreted the idea on a vertical rather than horizontal axis. The conga line was turned into a tower-like stack. 

We embraced the wit in Gowan’s sketch, turning the stack into an unusual juxtaposition of ordinary materials. Slanted wooden columns support a concrete ring; the concrete ring supports a steel truss and the steel truss, a brick cylinder. The elements in the stack grow in size according to Hans van der Laan’s plastic number, which adds weight to the visual experience. 

The tapering of the tower amplifies the drama.

– Dirk Somers

Click here to see the conga-line stack into a tower and Gowan's original sketch.Click here

 to see a full list of participants, and here to return to the curatorial statement, along with a slide show.