The Keith Haring Political Line show has long passed, but realized I never got a chance to post about the groundbreaking work I saw over Christmas in the San Francisco DeYoung.
I was somewhat familiar with Keith Haring’s art and knew he was famous for transforming Graffiti art into Gallery Art. But, this show blew me away. This exhibition showcased some of his more provocative pieces which reacted to New York life in the 80’s. I loved his use of raw iconic imagery and bold color.
It’s always more interesting to experience a painter’s body of work as a collection, rather than as individual pieces out of context. Each of the rooms was themed around a specific grouping, from subway art to art in the Aids crisis. The scale of the pieces was as imposing as the subject matter. It was an incredibly powerful show, one that gave interesting stories behind the art I have only seen as patterns.
Wow! Had to shares these photos as soon I could. Studying Architecture in Los Angeles I had always heard about the Case Study Houses. The Case Study 22 house IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL Los Angeles experience. It’s on a cliff in the Hollywood Hills, overlooking the twinkling lights of the megapolis, built out of innovative materials in the booming late 50’s.
I had come across the website that mentioned there are tours on the weekends and signed up when I had a guest in town. They book up early. The twilight tour is DEFINITELY the best one as you get to see the house during dusk, twilight and then nightfall. The colors of the mountains transformed the house, and make the experience incredibly special.
The house is small but powerful. It is truly a unique piece of Los Angele architecture, an icon of its time and of modern architecture, a case study of blending with the site and embracing its views. I tried to capture its expansive panorama, the essence of being perched on such a high cliff with only steel and glass around me. The clean lines and thin materials highlighted the perfect indoor/outdoor Southern California experience. But photos can never do it justice. No matter how photogenic the form is, the Stahl House must be experienced to be full appreciated. Sitting in the glass living room brought me back to the bygone romance of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills. High above the sunset strip, seeing the city but being removed from the hustle and bustle, I felt the city’s pulsing energy but was at peace.
Upon nightfall, the docents briefly turned off the lights, and the result was even more magical. We stopped photographing frantically and just observed, looking out onto the sparking city grid. The house inspired a moment of stillness, a moment of beauty, a moment of simple times and a moment to enjoy living.
Being inspired by global patterns and textures, I typically try to show bright forms and lifestyle moments. But, even without too much color, the Heatherwick Provocations exhibit I went to at the Hammer was pretty stellar. The museum presented the recent work from the London architecture studio in a comprehensive exhibit which showed models, sketches, process and stories. Each piece was presented in the form of a question, IE can a bridge move, to highlight the unique conceptual strategy. I was not too familiar with the work of this studio, and was beyond inspired at their brilliant solutions. There was a bridge that curled up like a finger, a purse made entirely of one long zipper which then inspired a staircase, a pavilion that showcased thousands of tiny seeds at the end of plexi follicles to represent England at the World Expo, a shopping center inspired by the cracks of the dessert floor above it, and a chair with a curved bottom that keep spinning. The pieces were playful, innovative and clever. Each design is truly a work of art, a quirky solution that takes a problem and turns it on its head to produce a one of a kind result.