Bauhaus at 100

A trip to Germany with the Davis Museum of Art at Wellesley College included a tour of the Bauhaus in Dessau. It was an opportunity to see, in person, this important icon of 20th century architecture and design.

A (very) brief history. In 1919, one hundred years ago, Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany. The design aesthetic was lean and spare. It would influence modern design for years to come, 100 for sure. The Bauhaus was a school where designers, architects, painters, sculptors and craftsmen taught and built items. Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky worked there.

Nazi interference in 1924 made Gropius move the school to Dessau, a city southwest of Berlin. There, he built a campus consisting of the main building, a director’s house and three masters’ houses.

I’ve tried to capture some of the Bauhaus aesthetic like the exterior glass curtain-wall of the main building.

Bauhaus – Main Building

Bauhaus-Main Building

Bauhaus – Main Building

Bauhaus – Main Building

Construction details and color are all strikingly modern.

Bauhaus – Main Building

Bauhaus – Main Building

Bauhaus – Main Building

Bauhaus – Main Building

Bauhaus – Main Building

 

Furniture was constructed with tubular arms and legs. Door pulls were simple and unadorned.

Bauhaus – Main Building Auditorium Seats

Bauhaus – Main Building Door Detail

 

Rain-washed cement sidewalks seemed compatible with the tiny balconies.

Bauhaus – Main Building Balconies

 

The director’s house is a freestanding building. There are also three identical semi-detached houses for the masters. They are white stucco cubic structures designed by Gropius. They are modular with mirrored and rotated floor plans for variety. In the unadorned rooms light from windows, high and low, plays along the walls giving them an almost abstract quality as they intersect one another.

 

Master’s House

Master’s House

Master’s House

Master’s House

Master’s House

 

We take for granted much of what Gropius and his followers did to change the nature of design and architecture. What will the next hundred years look like?

 

 

If Walls Could Talk

On an art-focused trip to Germany with the Davis Museum at Wellesley College we visited the Boros Collection (known as Sammlung Boros) in Berlin. From 1990 to the present Christian Boros and his wife have amassed a large collection of contemporary art, including site-specific works. The art is housed in a converted bunker, which was originally built as an air raid shelter for civilians in 1942. It had many uses until purchased by Boros in 2003. It opened to the public in 2008 and is available for small group tours, which must be booked in advance.

As I went from room to room looking at the art on display my eyes wandered over the spaces themselves. I was drawn to the marks and writing on the walls, floors and ceilings. Here and there were remnants of color on mostly drab beige or gray walls. Large swaths of peeling color remained on some walls. There were arrows pointing in different directions and cautionary words. Doors, scraped and scratched, seemed foreboding, revealing spaces beyond. Some walls had things attached purpose unknown.

How many people stayed in these “rooms?” For how long? What would we hear if “walls could talk?”

Here is a selection of photos, in no particular order, from my wandering eyes.

 

 

 

Close Encounters

The difference between an “encounter” and a “close encounter” may be subtle. For me, a close encounter usually means either feeling like I’m part of the scene or being closer to the person, place or thing, maybe getting ready to chat with someone.

Pushkar Fair, India

Sometimes close, but just observing.

Pushkar Fair, India

India

Prom Night, Dallas

Sometimes really close, but no chatting!

India

Being close to or part of the action can be scary, like crossing a street in Hanoi.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Or it can take me by surprise and make me chuckle.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Norway

When the light is just right and I am close to something inside or outside there is a moment in time when something special happens.

Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark

E. Grieg’s House, Norway

Daisnibba Mountain, Norway

Getting close makes me more aware of shapes, textures and colors.

Sedona, AZ

Breckenridge, CO

Norway

Marfa, TX

Gate, Eldorado Springs, CO

Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark

Dallas, TX

Art, especially sculpture, can alter one’s perception the closer one gets. Size and scale change. Color perception changes.

Ivan Navarro

Buddha-Lin Yonggang

Juan Fontanive

Roni Horn

Infinity Mirror Room, Yayoi Kusama

I can be inside, close to a window, and get a sense of what’s outside.

Bergen, Norway

Or, I can move close to something outside that is striking in its own right.

Loen, Norway

Iceland

Sometimes there’s a barrier, so almost close is close enough.

Norway

Here are the Close Encounters photos you sent me.

Bruce Schlein

Daniel Feld-Banff

Diane deMoye

Marla Shainman – Martinique

Thank you for sharing. I hope you continue to look “closely.”

Heart to Heart

 

Structures

Buildings. We live in them, store things in them, restore them, ignore them and abandon them.

The ancient world builders constructed huge complexes; so, too, today’s builders.

Ephesus, Turkey

 

One Arts Plaza, Dallas

There are simple country houses and extensive, unusual housing structures.

Ravenna, TX

Bruce Schlein Old Mill

Toftaholm-Edward Grieg’s Studio

Cappadocia, Turkey

There are buildings with elaborate facades.

Prague

Alwyn Court, NYC

There are buildings past their prime but still in use, others forgotten, abandoned.

Hill Country, TX

Round Top, TX

Prague

Glendale Mills, South Carolina

Texas

Houses of worship, like residences, come in all shapes, sizes and materials.

Lutheran Church, Reykjavik, Iceland

Church, Iceland

Loen, Norway

Stave Church, Norway

Details say a lot about a building. What is it made of? How “important” is it?

Greenville, SC

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland

Silo, Sherman, TX

Newport, OR

Museums have mostly similar purposes regardless of their design, but oh how they differ in size, shape and materials.

The Modern, Fort Worth,TX

Whitney Museum, NYC

Bridges, too. Made of stone, metal, wood or cement. All structures, all different.

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas, TX

Manhatten Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Portland, OR

Astoria, OR

And….a building with added pizazz just has to be included!

Thank you for sending your photos with STRUCTURES. Here they are! What variety!

Daniel Feld-Notre Dame

Moses Hoskins-Guggenheim Museum NYC

Rochelle Jaye-John S. Burd Ctr. for Performing Arts, Gainsville, GA

Philip Goodman

Stan Feld-Joel Shapiro

Bruce Schlein Old Mill

Marla Shaman

Robert Weitz-Guggenheim Bilbao

Next up – “Close Encounters.” What happens when you move closer to your subject? What changes? What do you see that’s different? Send me your best shots by April 3 ( no larger than 1MB).

How We Live – Eat, Play, Shop

Part 3: Shop

I admit it. I love to shop. That said I don’t always buy things. I am more apt to window shop. It’s a visual thing! Of course, depending on the day or mood, outdoor displays or intriguing windows will entice me and in I go. Who knows what treasures await me?

Display is everything. Inside or outside, it’s what grabs us.

Kansas

Alaska

Triana Market, Seville

Minturn, CO

Take a peek before you shop. There’s no charge for looking.

Boulder, CO

Boulder, CO

Budapest

Seville

Seville

Vail, CO

There are old things, new things and things on sale.

Julian, CA

Carbondale, CO

Honey Grove, TX

San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Minturn, Co

Beaver Creek, CO

There are stately emporiums of style or casual displays of local ware all over the world.

Ljubjliana, Slovenia

Budapest

India

Sagres, Portugal

Shopping can mean sensory overload. How DO you decide?

Boulder

The Quilted Purl, Georgetown, CO

The setting is often the start of a great shopping adventure.

Redstone, Co

Minturn, Co

Asilah, Morocco

San Francisco

I am drawn to food halls and farmers’ markets for their ambiance as well as the discovery of some special food item or ingredient. Sometimes the people are more interesting than the food.

Budapest

Farmer’s Market, Boulder

Farmer’s Market, Dallas

And, at the end of a tiring shopping day, whether I’ve gone “window shopping” or maxed out my credit card, there’s always that special rest stop just down the road for re-fueling and thinking about tomorrow.

Alaska

Thanks to everyone who sent their “SHOP” photos. Here they are. From around the globe!

Robert Weitz-Mallin, Buenos Aires

Robert Weitz-GUM Moscow

Bruce Schlein-Mall

Bruce Schlein-Mall

Daniel Feld-Galleries Lafayette

Moses Hoskins-Cairo

Moses Hoskins-Mumbai

Stan Feld-Julian, CA

Stan Feld-Julian, CA

Next time – let’s look at STRUCTURES and focus on the “built” or man made, the architecture of a place or culture. What do these spaces say about us? Look at interiors or exteriors, patterns, textures and colors.

Send me your best shots (identify what or where, if possible) by February 6, 2018 as attachments, no larger than 1 MG.  

STOP, LOOK, SHOOT!

How We Live – Eat, Play, Shop

Part 2: PLAY

Who plays? What kind of play? With whom? Where? What is played?

The word PLAY can call to mind any or all of the above. Here’s a little of my own exploration of the word.

Amusement parks entice with games of chance, rides and fun houses for young and old.

San Francisco, CA

State Fair of Texas, Dallas

State Fair of Texas

Adult play in casinos.

Choctaw Casino, OK

All together now! Group play experience. Did they all drink the Cool-Aid?

James Turrell, Guggenheim Museum, NY

Playing music – solo or group. On the street, at a market, near water, in a plaza or train station. We share the musicians’ enthusiasm as we pause to listen.

Barcelona, Spain

Before The Game, Boulder, CO

On The Bridge, Prague

San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Greetings from Nova Scotia

New York City

Music at the Met, NY

Lunchtime Serenade Chelsea, NY

Leader of the Band, Zagreb, Croatia

Portland, OR

Here’s playing with some serious concentration.

Concentrating on the Game, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Concentrating on the Game, Turkey

Here’s more work than play for one, more play for the other (waiting).

Rodeo Cowgirl, CO

Rodeo Gal, Colorado

There’s quiet play and taking a break from play.

Oregon Coast

Georgetown, CO

Kids! They know how to PLAY. Anytime, anywhere. Big kids, too!

Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo, Norway

Richard Serra, Ft. Worth Modern

On The Roof At The Met, NY

Jane’s Carousel, NYC

Kids and Carousel, Zagreb, Croatia

What Do You See? Beaver Creek, CO

Aspen, CO

Thank you for sending your PLAY photos. Here they are!

Bruce Schlein

Barbara Moses – Israeli Soldiers Dancing

Ginger Mynat

Marla Shaman

Next time – How We Live Part 3: SHOP. In all its manifestations.

Send me your best shots as attachments, no larger than 1MB by December 27, 2017. Stop, look, shoot!

 

How We Live-Eat, Play, Shop

Life. I decided to explore three aspects of How We Live that consume so much of our time.

Here is Part 1: EAT

Where do we eat? We eat outdoors, in the summer in the mountains, where music and rodeos abound.

Avon, CO

Beaver Creek, CO rodeo

At a sidewalk cafe with friends (the four legged ones, too).

Calafate, Argintina

Austin, TX

Sometimes, alone.

Astoria, OR

Inside, outside.

Punta Arenas, Chile

Minturn, CO

Eagle, CO

Minturn, CO

If the outside is this good, the food must be, too. We hope!

Portland, OR

Newport, OR

Here’s the important part. What do we eat? Grab and go?

Oklahoma

Budapest

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

Minturn Market, CO

Vail, CO

Sometimes it’s buried and slow cooked, then revealed bit by bit.

Chiloe, Chile

Often, it’s of the “Life is short, eat dessert first” variety.

Aspen, CO

Libations, too!

Steamboat, Springs, CO

Here are YOUR photos for EAT. Thanks for participating. It’s enlightening to see what catches your eye.

Moses Hoskins – NYC

Bruce Schlein – NYC

Marla Shaman – Dubai

Robert Weitz – Buenos Aires

Stan Feld – Alaska

Next up: How We Live Part 2: PLAY.

Send me your best shots as email attachments no larger than 1MB by November 16, 2017. Color, black/white, altered, camera, phone. Anything goes!

Le’s be PLAYful!

 

 

Around The Corner, Across The Street

I love to go wandering, close to home and far away. Small towns or big cities, urban or rural, present opportunities to look around with fresh eyes. I can turn a corner in places as different as the Recoleta Cemetary in Buenos Aires and the woods surrounding the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas and be surprised.

Recoleta Cemetary

Crystal Bridges Art Museum

I come upon busy scenes and quiet ones. A street fair in San Telmo, a piazza in Florence. I can turn a corner  and see a striking piece of contemporary sculpture whose curves echo those of the nearby buildings. Intentional or not, it’s a great sight.

San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Lucca, Italy

Anthony Caro in Florence

I meet the grand and the intimate. There are sights that make me want to stop and linger to look at details, to get more of a feel for the place. Homer and Anchor Point, Alaska have drop dead gorgeous views around every curve of the road along with weathered boats and cozy cafes. If I remember to look up in cities in Italy I find personal shrines, lovingly composed, around almost every corner.

Anchor Point, Alaska

Anchor Point, Alaska

Homer, Alaska

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Different things with different messages around different corners.

Florence, Italy

Honey Grove, TX

I’ve learned from looking to expect the unexpected not just around the corner but across the street. Here’s some eye candy from the La Boca area of Buenos Aires.

La Boca, Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos, Aires

I check out the facades of old buildings as I amble along the streets of downtown Dallas.

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

I look across the street at walls, store windows and doors all over the world. They get my attention.

Greenville, SC

Ashland, NC

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lucca, Italy

I look across the street and wonder what’s next.

Dallas

Honey Grove, TX

Often, there’s the “cute.”

Anchor Point, Alaska

Anchor Point, Alaska

And the downright funny.

21c.Museum Hotel, Ark.

Thanks for sending your photos for Around the Corner, Across the Street. I love the variety. Here they are.

Alice Schlein-Geese Crossing Road

Audrey Greene-Alligator

Bruce Schlein-NYC

Daniel Feld-Secret Slot Canyon Utah

Diane deMoye

Elizabeth Greene-Paris, TX

Gabriel Shapiro – Ft. Worth, TX

Ginger Mynatt-Grayson County, TX

Rochelle Jaye

Moses Hoskins

This will be the last All Things Photographic blog for a while. Have a great summer. Look around wherever you are. Your patience will be rewarded. Remember to expect the unexpected.

 

Shadow Play

Shadows are ubiquitous. We see them, dawn to dusk, sharp and well defined on a bright, sunny day to barely discernible as daylight fades. They can be softly veiled in pale, indoor light.

We see shadows on the ground or on a wall. It’s a thing of a thing. Or a person. Sometimes the shadow is cast on another object or surface, neither ground nor wall.

Shadows layered over shadows dance together. They make graphic patterns with lines on sidewalks. They make their own abstract shape when cast by sculpture. They can be solid, block like or delicate and lacy. They can’t be contained as they zigzag up and down steps. They’re like wispy tracings or sharp and hard edged depending on the light.

If the shadow gets our attention do we also look for its owner, the thing that cast it? It’s marvelous, isn’t it, that we can tell that the flat shape represents a three dimensional object? But what? It’s sometimes hard to tell, I admit.

The following photos show shadows that I’ve captured, here, there, and everywhere. As you will see, I’ve cast a wide net.

St. Jo, TX

St. Jo, TX

St. Jo, TX

St. Jo, TX

Me and My Shadow

Me and My Shadow

After The Rain

After The Rain

Edwards, CO

Cafe, Edwards, CO

Bridge in Woods, CO

Bridge in Woods, CO

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Screened Off

Screened Off

African American Museum, Dallas

African American Museum, Dallas

Atrium, Dallas

Atrium, Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, NM

George's Place

George’s Place

Louise Campbell, Very Round Chair

Louise Campbell, Very Round Chair

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

 Round and Round

Round and Round

Circular

Circular

Zigzaging

Zigzag

El Anatsui

El Anatsui

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Juan Fontanive - sculpture

Juan Fontanive – sculpture

Orlando, FL

Orlando, FL

Lisbon

Lisbon

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

Courtyard Dallas

Courtyard Dallas

Here are some photos that YOU sent for SHADOW PLAY. Thanks for taking the time to share your vision. Shadows are everywhere, aren’t they?

Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

Alice Schlein

Alice Schlein

Audrey Greene, La Guardia airport

Audrey Greene, La Guardia airport

Diane deMoye, Biltmore Estate

Diane deMoye, Biltmore Estate

Jeanne Sanders-Shadow Casters II

Jeanne Sanders-Shadow Casters II

Moses Hoskins - Isfahan

Moses Hoskins – Isfahan

Stan Feld

Stan Feld

Phillip Goodman

Phillip Goodman

RoriKnudtson_DeadReckoning_FEB2016 copy

RoriKnudtson_DeadReckoning_FEB2016

I am happy to also include this link from Rori Knudtson.

http://www.theinfiniteseed.org/

Theme #8 is AROUND THE CORNER, ACROSS THE STREET. Show us the familiar and unfamiliar of either or both. Email your attachments no larger than 1MB by May 15, 2017.

 

 

Details

To see details is to notice the parts isolated from the whole. Without the context we focus on an object’s lines, shapes, colors or textures.

Here are some architectural details from ancient stone edifices to a new bridge whose details seem like line drawings against the sky.

D's Palace, Sp;it

D’s Palace, Sp;it

Cathedral, Zagreb

Cathedral, Zagreb

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Iceland’s Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavek has a mostly clear glass and steel façade. You can see buildings in the distance as well as the structural detail when you get close.

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik

The distinctive character of a wall, an unusual door handle and metal grillwork look different up close.

DUMBO, NYC

DUMBO, NYC

Kumrovec

Kumrovec

La Boca, Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos Aires

Japan

Japan

What walls are made of or what’s on them provide great visuals.

Japan

Japan

Reykjavik

Reykjavik

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

 

Windows have an added dimension when looking for details. Looking through them adds a bit of color, which enhances the detail.

Dallas

Dallas

Greenville, SC

Greenville, SC

We walk on floors, inside and out. Get low and see their textures, lines and shape.

African American Museum ,Dallas

African American Museum ,Dallas

Lisbon

Lisbon

From bright and shining vintage cars in museums to not so bright and shining, just old, we’re drawn to their colorful details.

Antique Car Museum, Warrenton, TX

Antique Car Museum, Warrenton, TX

Antique Car Museum, Warrenton, TX

Antique Car Museum, Warrenton, TX

Auto Museum, Moncopulli, Chile

Auto Museum, Moncopulli, Chile

Auto Museum, Moncopulli, Chile

Auto Museum, Moncopulli, Chile

Minturn, CO

Minturn, CO

Then, there is ART. When I stand back and look at the entire piece, i.e. a painting, or move around a sculpture I have one kind of experience. When I move closer I can see the parts (details) making up the whole. I can see how light affects the surface. I can see the negative spaces. I can isolate the colors and textures.

Michelle O'Michael "Metamorph"

Michelle O’Michael “Metamorph”

Juan Fontanive

Juan Fontanive

In my paintings and collages there is the “whole”, composed of many parts in dialogue with one another. A closer look reveals the details.

#1271 Cecelia Feld Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24x24, 2013

#1271 Cecelia Feld Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24×24, 2013

#1271 Untitled- Detail

#1271 Untitled- Detail

#1294 Cecelia Feld Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 36x36, 2015

#1294 Cecelia Feld Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 36×36, 2015

#1294 Untitled-Detail

#1294 Untitled-Detail

#1301 Cecelia Feld Remembering The Things You Forgot collage 22x30 2016

#1301 Cecelia Feld Remembering The Things You Forgot collage 22×30 2016

#1301 Remembering The Things You Forgot-Detail

#1301 Remembering The Things You Forgot-Detail

#1303 Cecelia Feld Chasing The Unexpected collage 30x22 2016

#1303 Cecelia Feld Chasing The Unexpected collage 30×22 2016

#1303 Chasing The Unexpected-Detail

#1303 Chasing The Unexpected-Detail

A big thanks to those of you who sent me your shots of DETAILS. Here are some that I selected.

Al Padwa

Al Padwa

Bruce Schlein Home Napkins

Bruce Schlein Home Napkins

Theme #7 is SHADOW PLAY. I hope you will participate.

Send me your photos as email attachments no larger than 1MB by April 3, 2017.