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Q-13: "Beit Noir" by Ibañez Kim
Beit Noir is an architectural character found adjacent to the Montefiore Cemetery in easternmost Queens. In such a setting, the Beit Noir maintains the idea of form as conduit of meaning. This souvenir is a conclusion to the Allegorical Project following in the tradition of Melvin Charney, John Hejduk, and Shin Takamatsu. One part memento mori and literary device of portmanteau – combining a French idiom for something wearisome and the Hebrew word for house – the tripartite tower can only offer rhetorical misreadings and nonhuman agencies.
The top shows the geometry of a pitched roof that has been folded into a crown. Cast in cement, the transformation of this typology is fixed as a sharp, thermal mass. Below is a solid body that interlocks with the cement crown in perfect offset creases, but reveals a strange arcade of voids and cutaways. The body is carved from solid wood that has been burned and charred, a process that seals and protects the wood, but also speaks of death. The base is a field of structure, both city and object, context and support. This element is an enclosed hall of superfluous members that carry, showcase, and obscure the other two objects.
Overall, the Beit Noir is a character and icon for the area spanning Queen’s Village to Cambria Heights and skirting JFK International. The centrally located cemetery is the ideal scene for this totem of particular forms and tectonics. This totem points and refers to things outside itself, but is constituted by its own internal logics. Within this inscrutable exterior is a set of interiors that may be rendered in different speculations.