Periodization #2 middle panel by Christopher Ripley

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Original Size: 4’ by 8’, Original Medium: Oils and sand on masonite.
The middle panel encompasses imagery taken from personal training environments. The architecture is captured in a way which creates space and movement, but in a light which does not invite visitors. We enter this panel through the main line of perspective of the track, which leads up into the pit. The long jump pit is represented to look deserted and almost bottomless, like it can consume us. The above hallway grabs our attention and forces our vision to sprint to the end.
The hallway is our main training location, it is the repetitious cycle of back and forth, sprinting and then walking back that this architecture captures and represents. To the right, it is combined with another training environment, which is the lower level of the throwing area. The conflicting perspectives are joined to create a unified, yet confusing location. This formed area again becomes the vehicle for representing the experience of training. However, this ominous area is overtaken by the architectural form above it.
The upper structure is a design by architect Santiago Calatrava, who designed the updates for the 2004 Olympic Stadium in Athens. The radiating lines allow it to seem in motion, striving to encompass the surrounding image. The skeletal features that Calatrava is famous for only add organic characteristics to the image.
For me, it is this force given off by the architecture that is overtaking my dream, my training, and changing my focus.
The texture in the middle panel is mainly focused in the floor of the hallway with portions in the sandpit. In this panel the added texture is used to enhance depth and lines of perspective. In the hallway the added texture is used to enhance depth and the lines of perspective. In the hallway the added mass on the floor creates a much more cavernous space which further promotes the consuming nature


architecture, cityscapes, exteriors, interiors, olympics, track, training

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