11.28.2014

EDWARD RUSCHA'S DRAWINGS OF LOS ANGELES APARTMENTS

EDWARD RUSCHA: DOHENY DRIVE, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. DONALD MARRON
 
EDWARD RUSCHA: ATLANTIC BOULEVARD, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
PRIVATE COLLECTION
 
EDWARD RUSCHA: BRONSON TROPICS, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
COLLECTION OF THE ARTIST
 
EDWARD RUSCHA: BEVERLY GLEN, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN,
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, WASHINGTON, D.C.;
JOSEPH H. HIRSHHORN BEQUEST
 
EDWARD RUSCHA: NORMANDIE, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
COLLECTION OF THE ARTIST
 
EDWARD RUSCHA: THAYER AVENUE, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN,
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, WASHINGTON, D.C.;
JOSEPH H. HIRSHHORN BEQUEST
 
EDWARD RUSCHA: WILSHIRE BOULEVARD, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
PRIVATE COLLECTION
 
In 1965 Edward Ruscha published Some Los Angeles Apartments, a book that revieles the artist's fascination with the city and its unique characteristics. Having moved there from Oklahoma in 1956, Ruscha was immediately excited by his new environment and stimulated by its fast and mobile landscape. He found gasoline stations, apartments, vacant lots, and palm trees during drives around Los Angeles and photographed them from where he stood beside his parked car. 

Ruscha's interest, however, was not in documenting the city’s street scene or in making fine art photographs. His interest was in making books. The subject was incidental to the desire to make the experience of a book something different and exceptional. At first glance, the book looks as if it were a real estate guide with all the descriptive text removed. The deadpan layout and cover design are directly related to Ruscha's paintings at that time, which often used the same generic typefaces and symmetrical composition of three horizontal lines of type.

Simultaneously with the book production, he executed a series of apartment drawings. He selected ten images that particularly appealed to him for their diversity of formal composition, architectural style, and geometric divisions and executed them in powdered graphite on identically sized horizontal sheets of paper. Some, but not all of the subjects appear as photographs in “Some Los Angeles Apartments”.

Ruscha simplified the photographic images when translating them into drawings. He eliminated telephone lines, smoothed out the textures of the buildings, stylized the palm fronds, creating minimalistic variations of the original photos. He modified the proportions of the buildings, their height and perspective. He added angles and architectural details or decorative light fixtures to increase spatial patterning and heighten shadow contrast.

Soft shaded graphite areas and hard-edge planes or sharp linear elements was achieved by rubbing powdered graphite on the paper in varying densities with a cotton swab, often masking out certain areas with tape or blocking out portions of buildings when applying the graphite. The sharp contrasts of light and dark that result intensify the strong diagonal and horizontal elements typical of Ruscha’s art.

Photos and text via
Edward Ruscha Los Angeles apartments, 1965 / Richard Marshall
Whitney Museum of Modern Art (1990)

11.24.2014

A TIMBER-CLAD HOUSE BY THE SEA

A beautiful mid century modern house, located at Sandgate, Kent, built in 1962 and designed by architect John Floydd, who is still practicing today.

All photos via The Modern House

11.17.2014

MIDNIGHT MODERN

1030 WEST CIELO DRIVE, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
879 N MONTE VISTA, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
1133 N VISTA VESPERO, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
1175 N MONTE VISTA, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
872 N CORONET CIRCLE, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
877 S VIA LAS PALMAS, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
814 N HIGH ROAD, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
Midnight Modern is a photography collection of iconic midcentury Palm Springs architecture, taken by Melbourne-based photographer Tom Blachford under the light of a super moon.

Each image represents a 30-second exposure and as the older Palm Springs suburbs have no street lights, only moonlight illuminates the homes. A dark and dramatic result that goes beyond classic architectural photography.

Midnight Modern series was recently exhibited at Modern Times in Melbourne and remaining prints are available for sale online.

All images via Tom Blachford

11.13.2014

THE BAUHAUS-ARCHIV MUSEUM CORPORATE IDENTITY

The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin has recently introduced a new corporate design. A typeface developed by Stuttgart design agency L2M3, stands at the core of the new image. Along with the revised word mark “Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung”, the system developed by L2M3 for the Bauhaus-Archiv encompasses an extensive set of characters featuring the new typeface Bayer Next and glyphs taken from historical Bauhaus texts.

Sascha Lobe, creative director of L2M3, describes Bayer Next not as an update to the original, but an expansion or a natural evolution. “We paid homage to the diversity of the archival material by redrawing the glyphs and examining further possibilities for their adaptation and modification. The result is a total of over 555 glyps and a system that allows expansions and can be updated easily,” explains Lobe. In this way, unlimited possibilities have been created for adapting the design’s application in printed materials and digital media.









All images: Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, ©/Design: L2M3

Resources:
Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung
yatzer
wired

11.11.2014

AUGUSTO BOZZI

Augusto Bozzi lounge chair for Saporiti, Italy, 1956  |  via Mass Modern Design

Augusto Bozzi sofa for Saporiti, Italy, 1954  |  via Mass Modern Design

Augusto Bozzi Kosmos lounge chair for Saporiti, Italy, 1956  |  via furniture-love

Augusto Bozzi lounge chair for Saporiti, Italy, 1950  |  via Piasa

Augusto Bozzi lounge chair for Saporiti, Italy, 1950s  |  via city-furniture.be

Augusto Bozzi lounge chair for Saporiti, Italy, 1950s  |  via 1stdibs

Augusto Bozzi is an enigma to me. I've been searching the web for so long now and although I stumble on his furniture quite often in numerous sites, I can't find any information about him.

The only reference I found is on the site of Saporiti:
"During the 50s Sergio Saporiti, the founder of Saporiti Italia, works with many architects and designers, but particularly with Mr. Augusto Bozzi."
and that's it... 

So, dear all, any information is more than welcome!

11.10.2014

LE POÈME DE L'ANGLE DROIT

Between 1947 and 1953, Le Corbusier produced a suite of 19 lithographs and illustrated poems that that can be regarded as an artistic realization of his conception of the world and at the same time as a kind of self portrait. The book entitled "Le poème de l’angle droit" was published in 1955.



The lithographs and texts are arranged in seven zones lettered A-G, and are assigned a thematic title and a color. According to Le Corbusier these lithographs should be arranged axisymmetrically in seven rows in the form of a multi-chain cross above each other, so that they result in a projection wall, which he referred to as "iconostasis".
Each row is dedicated to a specific topic, ranging from the environment and mental and physical elements to the right angle, with which human beings establish their own order.
LE CORBUSIER: A1 MILIEU, LE POÈME DE L’ANGLE DROIT, 1955
LE CORBUSIER: B2 ESPRIT, LE POÈME DE L’ANGLE DROIT, 1955
LE CORBUSIER: F3 OFFRE (LA MAIN OUVERTE), LE POÈME DE L’ANGLE DROIT, 1955


It is open because
all is present available
knowable
Open to receive
Open also to others
might come and take
The waters flow
the sun provides light
Complexities have woven
their fabric
the fluids are everywhere.
Tools in the hand
Caresses from the hand
Life is tasted through
the kneading of hands
eyesight resides in
palpatation.
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Full hand I received
full hand I now give.

LE CORBUSIER: LE POÈME DE L’ANGLE DROIT, ÉDITIONS TÉRIADE, PARIS, 1955
 
References:
Fondation Le Corbusier  |  arttattler  |  goodreads