Buffalo, NY, could pioneer a prototype “Adaptive-Reuse” model for the future by reusing one of its most unique (like it or not) monumental structures -- an existing structure decommissioned from serving one purpose and then redesigned and developed to serve another purpose. Imagine the Buffalo Skyway creatively re-engineered and readapted to function as a signature “green” multi-use mega-structure, complete with a glass enclosed “green roof” and pedestrian pathway instead of as an overhead roadway. In addition to creating 400,000 sq. ft. of usable multi-purpose floor space, its 32,000 sq. ft. of enclosed roof would allow the people of Buffalo to walk and enjoy the elevated views year-round in a conservatory-like setting. It would also create a walkway to and from downtown and the lakefront. Buffalo would then be connected to its Outer Harbor Waterfront as desired.
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Ran Webber has been painting for 50 years and shown in numerous regional and national museum and gallery exhibitions. The ideology of this still-life series entitled Resurrection and re-invention is concerned with Immersion, Saturation, Dissolution and Re-invention of the painted surface (technique emphasizing process), and, creating illusionistic images that “fool the eye” by encouraging the perception of the image as appearing to move back and forth thru the broken and textured picture plane. The “intention” is to break the “picture plane” by folding the image surface, Then to “fool the eye” by juxtaposing illustionistic classical shadowing with actual surface shadows created by the surface folds. Majorly then, to create still-life imagery of geometric sculpture of ambiguous scale balanced serenely within a ambiguous Universe. The actual working process includes designing (drawing) the image digitally, transferring that to paper and adding paint to the image which then is taken to specific natural/historical location where it then is immersed (baptized) and saturated in water; this establishes a unique historical signature (place /time) for each piece. The saturated piece is then crumpled, squeezed, folded and dried. Finally the image is painted(re-invented) in earnest with varying layers and washes. Lastly, shadows are painted. This whole self-evolving process allows for control of the dissolution and then for the resurrecting and re-inventing of the original idea (image). Various elements of the entire process are allowed or emphasized to read thru. My creative/historical (romantic) impulses are served, as well as, my desire for fun and adventure – this series is a visual document.
See more of Ran Webber's work at Artmajeur