Saturday, June 19, 2010

On evidence of things unseen

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“ Diversity encourages creativity, while repetition anaesthetises it. Often architectural projects are too homogeneous, sometimes because of a self-centred desire to see buildings apart from their context, sometimes because of an exaggerated aesthetics commitment which tends to precious ‘architects’ architecture. But whatever the cause, such homogeneity makes it difficult for the voodler to add anything of their own, and we lose that rich resource of popular creativity which can transform a space into a place and give it life…”

Paraphrasing Lucien K, Sam Renseiw wanders through a recently opened exhibition, trying to find other footholds than the well meant attempts of Kroll-like repetitions reversing rich resources of architectural creativity into -probably -new homogenities... View the footage unfold with a UFO takeoff into urban space & other unseen evidences by clicking here or on the links above.(patafilm # 776, 05'25'', 63MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video feature a quiet anticipation.(Lum # 276 " anticipation" 01'00'', 12MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Anonymous gurdonark said...

I visited the Thomas Hart Benton home in Kansas City. Benton was a fascinating artist, who understood the changes in the art of his era, and found his place in a kind of regionalism instead. I probably have an editorial about my love for midwestern regionalist art in the back of my mind, but this comment is not about that at all.

What struck me about the home was not Mr. Benton, but the windows. His children drew pictures in the windows--lovely slight pictures, like the illustrations in a children's book, only less professionally detailed.

I found more joy in these little bursts of creativity than in all the other interesting things about the childrens' father.

I like to see the spaceships take off, and Christmas angels painted in pastel colors into window panes,
and bicycles without serious racing intention (or price) being crafted
without a production line, by hand.

What would architecture matter if it gains pristine perfection, but loses its soul?

Today I read a pocket book of zen koans. As with all such things, the koans spend more time on pithy, lovely little sayings and less time on meditating in a cold room with someone nearby holding a stick. Yet I think there is a kind of joy in a pithy individual set of words, however, light and breezy they may seem. I think there is a place for an architecture and design of whimsy, in a world that sometimes seems too weary and calculating ot enjoy it.

Monday, July 05, 2010 9:33:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

Thank you Robert for the kind comment !

New insights:
I took some time to research about both Thomas Hart Benton 's work and his home/studio, as I must admit complete ignorance concerning his work and whereabouts until then.

His work is indeed fascinating, and in many ways challenging to place in context both in regard to art history (locally and globally) and his role as teacher. Considering that he tutored Pollock gives his work another fine thought provoking twist.

The few pictures from the studio/home that I was able to locate googling the net, reveal a set of very, very fascinating spaces. Especially the fact that the space(s) apparently have been kept untouched since 1975. (Some,e interesting ones I found on this bog post >

So: thank you for your keen observance of simultanious topics, all inspiringly relevant.

More voodles to be posted soon, that, in many ways, reflect on this one comment.!

Thursday, July 15, 2010 4:29:00 pm  
Blogger Gurdonark said...

Benton is fascinating and puzzling, and the Pollock connection adds to the paradox.

Here is a 15 year old's painting on the Benton home windows:

Friday, July 16, 2010 4:42:00 am  

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