Credits: Julie Flohr, Oisse Architects Inc. principal, with Rafal Paliga, UIC School of Architecture
Corner Negative is inscribed in a sequence of two other works, House Y, and Barely There, all inscribed in the conceptual trajectory of contemporary architectural practices exploring the use of the negative figure. An initial interpretation of this thematic is offered in Peter Eisenman’s essay, “Mies and the figuring of Absence”.
Corner Negative is a spatial figure that tests out the possibility of the figuring of absence through the careful control of geometry and its associated production of the illusion of spatial completeness. The spatial condition produced offers itself as an enlarged detail condition of an interior corner within an otherwise regular prismatic space. Once within, the viewer is made to reconcile the fact that what at first seemed to be a complete six-faced prismatic walled interior space is actually incomplete in its logical geometric formation: one of the eight corners is absent. In its place, a new negative figure emerges, a shady-gray low-resolution Y-shaped figure reliant on the way by which lighting rays behave within the geometry. Corner Negative’s proceeds through the haptic.