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 … More
Here’s one for the parents. Godfrey Reggio again. With Philip Glass again. | Evidence, Godfrey Reggio and Angela Melitopulo, 1995 … More
Here’s an excerpt from Godfrey Reggio’s final piece of the Qatsi trilogy. Still loving the music from Phillip Glass. This … More
Godfrey Reggio chose to use footage of the Serra Pelada mine in Brazil to open his second film, Powaqqatsi. To … More
Guardian journalist Leo Hickman, recently chose Koyaanisqatsi as his favourite film. The film was made by Godfrey Reggio in 1983. … More
The Australian Exhibition of Women’s Work was held at the Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne for five weeks in 1907. People … More
Robert Prenzel produced a lot of ecclesiastical woodcarvings. When many of his private clients abandoned him during and after the … More
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.
I’ve been thinking about things that are expensive and unbecoming.
Contemplating the chairs we grew up with.
Let’s not forget about the inanimate objects in the perfect Chinese painting.
Yuan master Huang Gongwang from the 14th century said: In painting there are four qualities that must be absolutely expelled: perversity, sweetness, vulgarity, and derivativeness.
Clouds are the ornaments of sky and earth, the embroidery of mountains and streams. They may move as swiftly as … More
In the Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting there are 90 ways to paint a rock.
My high school art teacher wasn’t interested in Australian art.
While I was looking at the Chinese pieces at the National Gallery of Victoria, I couldn’t help but think about Gwyn Hanssen Pigott.
A couple of wine cups from the British Museum.
Another stunning piece from the National Gallery of Victoria.