The Complexity of Simplicity: the Inner Structure of the Artistic Image
Juhani Pallasmaa, Juhani Pallasmaa Architects, Helsinki
11:30-12:00 Thursday April 4

We think of simplicity and complexity as exclusive opposites. Yet, in artistic works this opposition disappears as the two notions merge. Artistic works are fundamentally about the world and human life. As Merleau-Ponty suggests, "We come to see not the work of art, but the world according to the work". The entire complexity of life becomes thus part of the simplest of artistic works. The viewer's imagination and autonomous search for meaning sets in motion a process of association and interpretation. A profound work is always a never ending rhizome.