There two kinds of students in design school: those are who free spirits, who can see an object and do an entire room inspired by the feeling of that object. I don't just mean "decorate" around it, I talkin' come up with a whole theme, concept, with meanings, hidden meanings and bizarre / awesome thoughts to support their design. This type of student functions better without parameters.
Then there's the type of student who needs a print out of the project with a checklist of details to turn in, freaks out when there are no guidelines (and is told "the sky is the limit") and is paralyzed if you give her something and say "design an art gallery space around this painting."
I'll give you one guess as to which of the above prototypes I am.
Ah, yes. I'm the second. What can I say?! I'm creative, but really like guidelines, a checklist, and would rather not be given a painting, sculpture, or object to be create an entire room around. Well you guessed it, that painting up there is the painting I chose for my next design assignment. I have to design an art exhibition space, or gallery to hang this painting in, inspired by the feelings, emotions, concepts, and meanings found in this painting.
Here's where you come in. If you have any awesome ideas, I'd love to hear! I'll tell you my initial idea and see what you think of it. Luckily I'm an art nerd and actually love Nighthawk by Edward Hopper, so I was glad to have chosen this painting (if I haaaddd to do the assignment ;)) My plan is to create an art gallery space that looks very similar to the diner seen in the painting. I will use a lot of glass, mimicking the glass wall in the painting, and have metal stools lining the gallery for people to sit and view the piece. One of my favorite things about this painting is the fact that there's so much mystery. Who are those people? What are they doing there? Why aren't there any people out on the street?
My idea to make the art gallery space resemble the diner in the painting then lends itself to ask the same questions of the people viewing the art. Who are we? What are we doing there?
Deep, huh?! ;) If you have any other ideas or suggestions for me, leave them below!