UNIVERSITY of DEBRECEN PUBLICATION AWARD 2011

Marcel FERENCZ: Before Structures
/UNIVERSITY of DEBRECEN_ PUBLICATION AWARD_2011/

1

The appearance of tone is vagueness imposed by the intellect,

drawing with a single line is straight talk.

2

The continuous line is flexible,

the line shredded is rigid.

3

Every drawing is born unto its own,

but their makers lay claim to it.

4

An idea recorded on a sheet is not a drawing,

drawing is what precedes thinking.

5

Drawing does not fine tune our tools of expression,

but transforms language into a new quality.

6

In drawing the line struggles for self-definition,

But what truly matters is the space born between the lines.

7

Lines of exploration always fall far from one another in drawing,

they start a new drawing within a drawing.

8

Drawing manners can be mastered,

but the scale of a drawing only comes through inner strength.

9

One must tear up one’s approach to drawing at every new stage of life,

or else all the next age will add is tone.

10

The fate of every drawing is decided at the point

where the pen first touches the paper.

11

Drawing is energy,

the skeleton of forces that precede the idea.

12

Ideas are always preceded by a feeling

which is captured by the line in the timelessness of the moment.

13

The one-line drawing prevents intellectual excess,

it teaches judgement through the purging fire of concentration.

14.

When a drawing is denser than the meaning it conveys,

it is no longer valuable.

15

At one end of the line is desire,

at the other the intellect.

16

A genuine drawing can be read from all directions,

its content is infinite discovery.

17

Line drawing sharpens inner vision,

gives shape to the light of the mind.

18

If the line is taken away from the architect,

it unravels into poetry.

in book: BORDERLINE architecture “BEFORE STRUCTURES” 2010

Marcel FERENCZ: Through the eyes of a parent
/UNIVERSITY of DEBRECEN_ PUBLICATION AWARD_2011/

Figures (1-12) : Twelve stages in the development of children

The first human act of leaving a mark is the drawing.Children’s drawings tell the story of the unfolding brilliance of the human mind. Explaining it in speaking or writing is impossible; observing it and drawing conclusions is futile…

…Yet, I will try the impossible and taking tiny steps I will precariously approach the space which my three boys, with attention scattered into infinity, slowly discovered and through drawing found their home into our family; through their drawings their first earth landing was completed. This period of joy and struggle lasted from age one to three, after which, at the ages of four and five they again started taking off the ground by leaps and bounds, making their vigorously winding way into adventure in their imagination and in drawing alike, thus making a shambles of the conclusions I drew in my 12 stages in the development of children model…

The miracle of children’s drawings is that they create sounds, word-seeds, form concepts, erect shapes, sketch space and tell tales. And they do so with in an unfaltering move and condensed into a single line. What awesome elevation! For the eye of the adult the mere observation of children drawing is tragic: honest adults are overcome by feelings of mediocrity and fitful anxiousness driven by the inner urge to attain such freedom.

The most profound realisation I made was that children recognise their early drawings months after they made them, and the memories connected to these drawings are evoked anew at a higher intellectual level.

There is no entry to the world drawn by a child. The way to get in is by invitation only. In drawing children become autonomous beings and the radiant power mediated by their drawings can neither be damaged nor adjusted by parental care. Seeing the loneliness of a drawing child is utter desperation. At these times a separation between children and parents takes place. There is no way back…

The child embarks upon his own journey. When he runs up to me and presents me with a drawing I am still hoping he will stay with me a bit longer…

This is the inexplicable power of drawing.

in book: BORDERLINE architecture “THROUGH the eyes of PARENT ” 2010

UNIVERSITY of DEBRECEN PUBLICATION AWARD 2011

Marcel FERENCZ: Before Structures
/UNIVERSITY of DEBRECEN_ PUBLICATION AWARD_2011/

1

The appearance of tone is vagueness imposed by the intellect,

drawing with a single line is straight talk.

2

The continuous line is flexible,

the line shredded is rigid.

3

Every drawing is born unto its own,

but their makers lay claim to it.

4

An idea recorded on a sheet is not a drawing,

drawing is what precedes thinking.

5

Drawing does not fine tune our tools of expression,

but transforms language into a new quality.

6

In drawing the line struggles for self-definition,

But what truly matters is the space born between the lines.

7

Lines of exploration always fall far from one another in drawing,

they start a new drawing within a drawing.

8

Drawing manners can be mastered,

but the scale of a drawing only comes through inner strength.

9

One must tear up one’s approach to drawing at every new stage of life,

or else all the next age will add is tone.

10

The fate of every drawing is decided at the point

where the pen first touches the paper.

11

Drawing is energy,

the skeleton of forces that precede the idea.

12

Ideas are always preceded by a feeling

which is captured by the line in the timelessness of the moment.

13

The one-line drawing prevents intellectual excess,

it teaches judgement through the purging fire of concentration.

14.

When a drawing is denser than the meaning it conveys,

it is no longer valuable.

15

At one end of the line is desire,

at the other the intellect.

16

A genuine drawing can be read from all directions,

its content is infinite discovery.

17

Line drawing sharpens inner vision,

gives shape to the light of the mind.

18

If the line is taken away from the architect,

it unravels into poetry.

in book: BORDERLINE architecture “BEFORE STRUCTURES” 2010

Marcel FERENCZ: Through the eyes of a parent
/UNIVERSITY of DEBRECEN_ PUBLICATION AWARD_2011/

Figures (1-12) : Twelve stages in the development of children

The first human act of leaving a mark is the drawing.Children’s drawings tell the story of the unfolding brilliance of the human mind. Explaining it in speaking or writing is impossible; observing it and drawing conclusions is futile…

…Yet, I will try the impossible and taking tiny steps I will precariously approach the space which my three boys, with attention scattered into infinity, slowly discovered and through drawing found their home into our family; through their drawings their first earth landing was completed. This period of joy and struggle lasted from age one to three, after which, at the ages of four and five they again started taking off the ground by leaps and bounds, making their vigorously winding way into adventure in their imagination and in drawing alike, thus making a shambles of the conclusions I drew in my 12 stages in the development of children model…

The miracle of children’s drawings is that they create sounds, word-seeds, form concepts, erect shapes, sketch space and tell tales. And they do so with in an unfaltering move and condensed into a single line. What awesome elevation! For the eye of the adult the mere observation of children drawing is tragic: honest adults are overcome by feelings of mediocrity and fitful anxiousness driven by the inner urge to attain such freedom.

The most profound realisation I made was that children recognise their early drawings months after they made them, and the memories connected to these drawings are evoked anew at a higher intellectual level.

There is no entry to the world drawn by a child. The way to get in is by invitation only. In drawing children become autonomous beings and the radiant power mediated by their drawings can neither be damaged nor adjusted by parental care. Seeing the loneliness of a drawing child is utter desperation. At these times a separation between children and parents takes place. There is no way back…

The child embarks upon his own journey. When he runs up to me and presents me with a drawing I am still hoping he will stay with me a bit longer…

This is the inexplicable power of drawing.

in book: BORDERLINE architecture “THROUGH the eyes of PARENT ” 2010