Architects often favor incongruity with the surrounding environment in order to imbue their work with gravitas.
Along the Arizona-Utah border, just off Highway 163 and deep within the Navajo reservation there lies a series of stratified plateaus, which sit like great fists of rock, pounding a docile plain. It looks like something out of a movie, and it is. | Glen Canyon, Arizona-Utah, image by Joseph Brennan 2012 | The imageryContinue reading “True Western by Joseph Brennan”
There’s something brewing in Utah’s deserts.
There is a stanza in Emily Dickinson’s “I died for beauty” that examines the inevitable supremacy the natural world holds over the follies of mankind.
Upon his first visit to New York City, early 20th century novelist O. Henry commented; “It’ll be a great place, if they ever finish it.”
In the both universal and sheepish pursuit of metropolitan voyeurism, windows seem to garner the bulk of attention.
When one thinks of the dense and dark forests of a Grimm tale, each creaking bough the home of some mythical monster of Germanic villagers’ construction, one doesn’t immediately connect this imagery with the surrounds of upstate New York.
I only spent three days in East Hampton, Long Island but it didn’t take long to be struck by the strangeness of it all.
Philip Johnson was a celebrity architect.
I really like Philip Johnson’s Wiley House in New Canaan.
I think one of the reasons I’m such an architecture junkie is because I’m always trying to understand the polarising nature of the profession.
What I like about Philip Johnson’s Glass House is how humble it seems.
Mussolini got me thinking about the whole glass house concept.
What a perfect satire from the wonderful Chaplin.
The Casa del Fascio on the beautiful Lake Como was to be a temple to Fascism.
While Mussolini was getting on with his unique way of leading, in 1926 a group of seven young architects in Milan were introducing Rational Architecture.
Back to Mussolini and his aphorisms.
I remember first coming across the building known as Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum) in Rome in the 1990s.
In Eudoxia, which spreads both upwards and down, with winding alleys, steps, dead ends, hovels, a carpet is preserved in which you can observe the city’s true form.
In Maurilia, the traveler is invited to visit the city and, at the same time, to examine some old postcards that show it as it used to be:
The city of Sophronia is made up of two half cities.
Looking back at these photomontages I made 20 years ago I’m reminded of European landscapes.
Sunny times in Melbourne, Australia.
Finally in my mini retrospective of Reggio I learn he has a new work out next year. With Philip Glass music. Again. Looks good and mysterious. Click on the image below to see the two promos. | The Holy See, Godfrey Reggio, 2012 | Julia Ritson
Here’s one for the parents. Godfrey Reggio again. With Philip Glass again. | Evidence, Godfrey Reggio and Angela Melitopulo, 1995 | Julia Ritson
Here’s an excerpt from Godfrey Reggio’s final piece of the Qatsi trilogy. Still loving the music from Phillip Glass. This one is about the transition from nature to technology. So he went all out with the computerised images. I’m really attracted to the non-narrative nature of Reggio’s work. And the Glass music allows your ownContinue reading “Naqoyqatsi: Life as War”
Godfrey Reggio chose to use footage of the Serra Pelada mine in Brazil to open his second film, Powaqqatsi. To quote Reggio, “Awesome beauty, terrible beauty, beauty of the beast.” Click on the image below to see and also hear another perfect Philip Glass score. | Godfrey Reggio, Powaqqatsi, 1988 | The voice of OrsonContinue reading “Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation”
Guardian journalist Leo Hickman, recently chose Koyaanisqatsi as his favourite film. The film was made by Godfrey Reggio in 1983. Hickman’s article got me thinking about the Reggio trilogy. This was formative stuff for me. I have vivid memories of seeing and hearing the film. But I’ve never really known much about the director ofContinue reading “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance”
The Australian Exhibition of Women’s Work was held at the Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne for five weeks in 1907. People could see arts and crafts including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, pottery, needlework, leatherwork, woodwork, spinning and weaving. One of the women carvers exhibiting was Tasmanian born Ellen Nora Payne and she went on to winContinue reading “The Australian Exhibition of Women’s Work”
Robert Prenzel produced a lot of ecclesiastical woodcarvings. When many of his private clients abandoned him during and after the war he became the odd job man of Toorak and South Yarra. But the churches continued to support him. He said My Roman Catholic friends were always loyal to me. I wanted to get to Trinity CollegeContinue reading “Churchly Prenzel”
I’ve really enjoyed reading the National Gallery of Victoria publication about wood carver Robert Prenzel.
Another man good with wood was Robert Prenzel (1866-1941).
I’d like to see architect John Wardle design a chair. He is good with wood.
Architect Richard Neutra designed a collection of houses in LA in 1942
A pretty little dairy stool. A milking stool. Proudly aged.
We grew up with three-legged chairs.
I’ve always been a fan of the De Stijl movement (1917-1931).
While I was looking at Katherine Hattam’s chairs I was reminded of the relationship to John Brack.
Grace Cossington Smith said: Art is about ‘whatsoever things are lovely’, at the same time expressing things unseen – the golden thread running through time.
Bright and shiny new bars must have been a lovely sight in Sydney circa 1935.