Beyond the nightmare of genocide, slavery and the engineered poverty of today, beyond the transgressions of morally bankrupt leaders in the East and the West, beyond the starvation and unmet basic needs allowed to happen around the world, people must, as well, fight for education, architecture and art. Being civil means being willing to do the work necessary to protect a vision of beauty -- to enshrine local, national and global treasures -- to stand up and defend the ability to express oneself creatively. These things make the life water of the soul.
Harriet Sohmers Zwerling, The Studies Building, ca. 1949, gelatin silver print. Gift of the artist. *** Convergence | Divergence | Emergence: Another Conversation on Bauhaus + BMC (Part Two) By Max Eternity On a visit to Asheville, North Carolina, last year, I spent time at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. I …
Symmetry as contrast and polarity. Each house is exactly the same, while at the same time, each house is interesting and unique. There's nothing lazy going on here. This is the idea behind the "Mirror Houses."
There are so many things to be learned about Black Mountain College (BMC)—about how the school came into being in 1933 and what went on for the 24 years of its existence, as well as studying the institution’s unrivalled broad appeal to artists and intellectuals of that era, within the Americas, including African-Americans and Asian-Americans, and all the contributors of Europe.
The Modus House is a statuesque design that's simultaneously sleek, bold and understated. With a parti based on simple geometric lines, it's a unified concept of creative physicality that should function well as a purposeful building or as an architecture-inspired interdisciplinary work of art.
I have never known a time in my life when I wasn't an artist. My first writing was published (a poem) when I was 17, and I made a clay sculpture that was exhibited when I was 16. I was around 12 or 13 when I started designing cars and boats, and I think I was in the 4th or 5th grade when I drew a [scaled] design of a building. I taught my first art class at the Boys Club when I was around 15. However, in the entire 12 years of my public education I did not have one single African-American male teacher of any subject.