Coincidentally, it is the month of May but that’s not the reason I plucked the Design and Architecture of the following.
The Italian, Ettore Sottsass formed the Memphis design and architecture group. This collective led the exploration into furniture, ceramics, fabrics, glass and metal objects from 1981-1987
Challenging our perception of form, proportion, juxtaposition of colour and materials. The objects successfully reflect the pop sensibilities of the decade.
American architect Thom Mayne co founded Morphosis in 1972. He is the principle designer and received the Pritzker Prize Laureate in 2005.
New Cooper Union Building, NYC
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas
Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, LA
Sadly in London we are yet to see the likes of dynamic modern architecture such as this. The V&A lost the chance to really change the landscape of modern architecture in the city when the extension designed by Daniel Libeskind never had a chance to get off the page. Will London ever see a monumental Morphosis, Libeskind or Zaha Hadid? It’s a shame for it is everywhere else in the world - Spain, Italy, Germany, UAE, Asia…everywhere except the UK.
The annual Serpentine Pavilion champions progressive architects for a few short months. I want more…much much more! London is a great city but looking at world modern architecture from such distances of the internet, the city is much poorer for not fully embracing what modern dynamic architecture is capable of! Poor old Blighty.
Beautifully published book - the complete black cover with cut-out slip-case caught my short attention.
Paintings - Ed Ruscha
Poetry - David Breskin
Music - Nels Cline
DIRTY BABY presents a provocative trialogue between the paintings of Ed Ruscha, the music of Nels Cline, and the poetry of David Breskin. The title refers to the fact that when different art forms mate, there is never a purebred offspring, but rather a muttish and raunchy one: gloriously dirty.
The sixty-six pictures in the book are drawn from two bodies of work, the Silhouettes and the Cityscapes. In these works, Ruscha uses censor strips in place of the words or phrases which characteristically occupy a prominent place in his pictures. Their very obfuscation gives the missing words a powerfully subversive presence: language is emphasized even as it is obscured.
Breskin has divided the book into two “sides” in the manner of a vinyl record. Side A presents a kind of “time-lapse” history of Western Civilization. Side B returns to the cradle of that civilization, charting the American misadventure in Iraq. For his poetic form, Breskin uses the ancient Arabic ghazal, a perfect foil and fencing partner for Ruscha’s language-sensitive strategies. To this mix, Cline adds music for a large ensemble: at once lyrical and edgy, heartfelt and raucous, his music ranges from acoustic impressionism to dense, dark electronica.
Now Marfa can be known for another thing besides being the backdrop for the film Giant - You can now put it down as an art destination…
American conceptual modernist Donald Judd has archives in New York and Marfa [The Chinati Foundation] - just imagine stumbling across his work in the middle of dusty Texas…
"It isn’t necessary for a work to have a lot of things to look at, to compare, to analyze one by one, to contemplate. The thing as a whole, its quality whole, is what is interesting. The main things are alone and are more intense, clear and powerful." -Donald Judd in his essay Specific Objects
All of a sudden a giant Jean Nouvel bubble has burst over London!
First - the Serpentine annual pavilion
In all its red glory
The Serpentine Pavilion is a brilliant once a year project for amazing architects unknown in the UK - the competition is open for architects who have not built in the UK at the point of selection. It’s a great platform to show their work to a wider audience. Last year’s pavilion by SANAA and Frank Gehry’s pavilion before it were a great success.
Second - One New Change
The first ever shopping “mall” for The City
Due to open in October 2010 on the East side of St Pauls - complete with a rooftop restaurant terrace. It’s one in the eye for Prince Charles’ rather pedestrian Paternoster Square!
The French architect has never built in the UK - to have these in the capital is very lucky and very exciting!
To those who have been to Barcelona - you may have seen Nouvel’s Torre Agbar and in Paris - the Arab World Institute
A one time member of DROOG - Hella Jongerius - her design and particularly ceramic pieces are truly the work of a master and genius - I do not use that word lightly! When you see something that is both chaotic and sublime - that’s when you know you have pure greatness!
I first saw her early vases and ceramic/sewn pottery pieces in Moss/SoHo/NYC and then at the Design Museum/London
It was totally fresh and inspiring to see them back then and they still are so with time they have become classic pieces.
Hella’s work is brilliant, highly skilled and I think borders on Art.
Her Nymphenburg Sketches are my favourite…so far!
Early ceramic and glass vases
Two pieces from the wonderful Nymphenburg Sketches
I was introduced to the work of artist and sculptor - Isamu Noguchi - by a friend. I went to the Isamu Noguchi museum in its temporary home in Queens/NYC. Great show and the best way to get to know this great artists’ work. I remember the Akari light sculptures - and later I found out he had designed a teacup and saucer…AMAZING!!!