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Drawing spotlight: John Hejduk

Here at Show It Better we get excited about so many things, but especially about drawings, as we said before, a drawing is a form of expression, is a form of showing the world who you are through your drawings, is showing what you like, how you think, what you want, and how you want it. In this series “Drawing Spotlight” we are gathering some amazing and not so conventional drawings from the fathers of architecture. So if you haven’t seen our previous posts, click here.

John Hejduk, was an American architect, artist, and educator of Czech origin who spent much of his life in New York City, United States. Hejduk is noted for having had a profound interest in the fundamental issues of shape, organization, representation, and reciprocity.

John Hejduk’s Diamond House A (1963-1967)

His early work and curriculum grew from a set of exercises exploring cubes, grids, and frames, through an examination of square grids placed within diagonal containers set against an occasional curving wall, towards a series of experiments with flat planes and curved masses in various combinations and colors.

Texas Houses (1954-1963)

These exercises in modernist space-making that drew heavy influence from Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe gave way to explorations in free-hand “figure/objects” influenced by mythology and spirituality, clearly expressing the nature of his poetry.

Sketches for 1/4 House A

The relationship between the shapes and objects produced by Hejduk in context to their surroundings has been a controversial subject, raising similar questions to the early residential work by Peter Eisenman.

Sketch axonometrics and elevations with notes for Todre House (1974-1979)

Axonometric, plan, and elevations for Santiago de Compostela Botanical Complex, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Victims: sketches of structures (1984)

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