Friday, November 17, 2017
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Thursday, November 9, 2017
I focus on pure landscapes because they intrigue me. I feel that landscape is so much more than just a backdrop for human affairs or wildlife. It has an intrinsic beauty and value that cannot be ignored or denied. A landscape painting carries an implicit sense of solitude and silent contemplation; an invitation, if you will, to the viewer, to step out of their world and lose themselves for a moment in the sublime beauty and grandeur of the natural world.
Whether working in the field or the studio, I strive to infuse my work with a quality that exceeds the mere appearance of my chosen subject. I seek to share with viewers not just what I found interesting, but why it interested me. It is my aspiration that my paintings, when they are successful, become glimpses beyond the surface of both subject and artist and into the essential nature of both."
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Address: 540 Fair Oaks Avenue, Oak Park, IL
City: Oak Park, Illinois
Commissioned in 1901, the Fricke house was designed during Frank Lloyd Wright’s brief partnership with the architect Webster Tomlinson. The client, William G. Fricke, was a partner in the school-supply firm of Weber, Costello, and Fricke. The house exhibits many key elements of Wright's mature Prairie House style -- including its stone water table, horizontal banding, overhanging roof eaves, shallow hipped roof, and stucco exterior.
Nevertheless, tiered geometric masses, including another angular prow-like projection adjacent to the front door; and a centrally located three-story tower with long, thin windows and mullions, lend the building a vertical appearance.
Wright may have been responding to the compact scale of the lot on which the house was built. Indeed, he also dealt with the narrow tract of the Isidore Heller house by building vertically. Wright appears to have abandoned the half-timbered surface treatment found in other contemporary designs in favor of a more reductive scheme that resembles the exposed structural armatures found in traditional Japanese architecture.
Monday, November 6, 2017
Sunday, November 5, 2017
The "Barrel Chair" by Frank Lloyd Wright was designed in 1937 for Herbert Johnson's house, Wingspread. Made of natural wood, with an upholstered leather seat, the chair was a reworking of a design Wright created in 1904.
Wright saw the chair as an architectural challenge. He used tall straight chairs as a screen around tables. The simple shapes of his furniture permitted machine production, making the designs affordable. Indeed, Wright believed that machines could actually enhance the designs.
"The machine has liberated the beauties of nature in wood," Wright told the Arts and Crafts Society in a 1901 lecture. "...With the exception of the Japanese, wood has been misused and mishandled everywhere," Wright said.
This is an icon of the modernist furniture movement. It consists of a wood frame crowned with upholstered cushion covered in high-end imported fabric or leather.
The frame can be selected in a cherry wood with a cherry stain or cherry wood with walnut stain.