01 September 2014

Chimney boy

Barns, water towers, granaries. Mary Fischer has always been fascinated with buildings and architecture. She works ceramic in white clay and finishes her pieces with photo transfers onto wet clay, slip and iron oxide washes, to get a muted antique feel to her work.

Photography © MudFire Gallery

"I've been interested in buildings and photographing buildings and reading architectural magazines ever since I can remember," Mary Fischer says.

In high school in New Braunfels TX USA, an architect came to talk to the class during a job fair.

"He stressed the math, and I really don't do math. That definitely dampened my spirits."

So maybe she wouldn't be an architect. She still loved architecture. Mary Fischer took a class in clay. The rest is history.

29 August 2014

Vertical elevator

 Boat and Grain Elevators no. 2 (1942)

 Buffalo Grain Elevators (1937)

 Factory Roofs (1934)

 Grain Elevators from the Bridge

 Grain Elevators, Buffalo (1942)

 Harbor Scene

 Overseas Highway (1939)

 Public Grain Elevator of New Orleans (1938)

 Sanford Tank no. 2 (1939)

 St. Petersburg to Tampa (1938)

Steel Foundry, Coatesville, PA (1936–37)

Ralston Crawford (1906-1978) was a American painter, printmaker and photographer of Canadian birth. After attending high school in Buffalo, NY, he worked on tramp steamers in the Caribbean.

His paintings of the early 1930s were influenced by the work of Paul Cézanne and Juan Gris. He was also attracted to the simplified cubism of Stuart Davis, with its restricted primary color schemes. After a trip to Paris in 1932–33, his flat, geometric treatment of architectural and industrial subjects in paintings – such as Vertical Building (1934) – led him to be associated with Precisionism.

Vertical Building (1934)

After 1940 Ralston Crawford almost eliminated modeling from his work in favor of flat and virtually abstract architectural renderings – such as Third Avenue Elevated (1949).

 Third Avenue Elevated (1949)

Third Avenue Elevated no. 3 (1952)

source: all art dot org

27 August 2014

(No) respect for brutalism

The Prentice Women's Hospital was designed by master modern architect Bertrand Goldberg, in Chicago.




Composed of a nine-story concrete cloverleaf tower cantilevered over a rectangular five-story podium, it was opened in 1975.

Released on October 2013, this 8-minute documentary, The Absent Column, talks about the struggle to save the building from demolition:

And also:

Prentice Hospital is Falling Down

11 August 2014

A Coney Island of the mind











Coney Island is a peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean.
The 10 altered screen shots come from a youtube movie and are soundly placed here to tease you to watch it.

What a fascinating documentary! Americana.

A Coney Island of last week
photo by my friend Evelyne