Jason's Reviews > Architectonic Thought Forms: A Survey of the Art of Paul Laffoley, 1968 - 1999

Architectonic Thought Forms by Paul Laffoley
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My dad made his living as a draftsman, designer, and fabricator of sheet metal. In addition he was, and remains, a devout Christian for whom the Bible is literal truth. For decades, he has combined these two interests in sketch after sketch in which he attempts to capture the exact proportions and dimensions of such esoteric structures the as Ark of Noah or the New Jerusalem.

Laffoley's work reminds me of Dad's sketches, in its draftsman-like precision and attempt to make manifest a glimpse into a sacred reality. Whereas my dad's isometric drawings are always rooted in a Protestant reading of the Bible, Lafolley draws inspiration from a much wider, richer variety of sources. Influences to whom Laffoley explicitly pays homage include Hesse, Poe, Verne, Wells, Heraclitus, Empedocles, Paracelsus, Dante (Laffoley's triptych depicting the whole Divine Comedy is mind-bogglingly complex!), Goethe, Eliade, Heidegger, Gurdjieff, Joachim of Fiore, Hegel, Ouspensky, Heinlein, Lovecraft, Ivan T. Sanderson, Alfred Jarry, Edwin A. Abbott, Pythagoras, Jacob Boehme, R. Buckminster Fuller, Teilhard de Chardin, Nietzsche, Rudolf Steiner, and Coco Chanel. His work makes you smarter by just looking at it.

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Reading Progress

August 3, 2011 – Started Reading
August 3, 2011 – Shelved
August 3, 2011 – Shelved as: visionary
August 3, 2011 – Shelved as: shadow-culture
August 3, 2011 – Shelved as: art
August 3, 2011 – Shelved as: philosophy
August 3, 2011 –
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August 5, 2011 –
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August 6, 2011 –
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49.46% "Laffoley's thought and art include such diverse influences as Mahayana Buddhism, the 4th Way Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, Rudolf Steiner, and Hermann Hesse's glass bead game."
August 6, 2011 – Shelved as: gurdjieff-4th-way
August 7, 2011 – Shelved as: architecture
August 7, 2011 – Shelved as: buddhism
August 14, 2011 –
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August 20, 2011 – Shelved as: aliens
August 20, 2011 – Finished Reading
August 21, 2011 – Shelved as: outsider-and-folk-art
August 21, 2011 – Shelved as: occult
August 21, 2011 – Shelved as: tantra
August 21, 2011 – Shelved as: consciousness
August 21, 2011 – Shelved as: want-to-read-again
February 3, 2012 – Shelved as: visionary-art
July 26, 2012 – Shelved as: library-university

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