Saturday, June 23, 2012

Travel Fragments

Just Some Stuff Along The Way.......

When I travel I always find myself snapping photos of things that catch my eye. Can't figure a theme to post 'em, but hate them to just languish in I-Photo!

WPA Era Post Office
Visalia, California

Love Me 
Los Angeles, California

Sticks on a Fence
Phoenix, Arizona

American Indian 
Terra Cotta Cartouche
The Cobb Building (1910)
Seattle, Washington

Boat in a Salvage Yard
Salt Lake City, Utah

"God Could Not Be Everywhere
So He Created Mothers"
Oakland, California

Rio Grande!
Union Station
Salt Lake City, Utah

In Context
Union Station
Salt Lake City, Utah

"Life Takes Time" 
Savannah, Georgia

Eagle at Stairway
Federal Building
Salt Lake City, Utah

A Kiss From the K-9
El Cajon Police Department Photo Collection
El Cajon, California

There is a Vacancy at the Fun City Motel
Las Vegas, Nevada

Candle Sconce
Our Lady of the Angels
Los Angeles, California

The Burlington Route
Sometimes Known as "The Silver Streak" 
Chicago, Illinois

Jim Morrison
Venice, Italy

"Wait Your Turn"
Airport Floor Medallion
Barcelona, Spain

I'll keep snapping!

Enjoy your summer!

Roadboy's Travels 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Issey Miyake in San Francisco

and Steve Job's Black Turtlenecks....

Architects take their inspiration from everyday life. We interpret popular culture, spot trends in color and materials and, if we are any good at all, absorb the shards of whatever is good about our world.

For me personally, just in my course of travel, or work - whatever, some things just stop me dead in my tracks.

As a teen seeing Kevin Roche's new Oakland Museum for the first time was one of those moments. I literally walked to a quiet place and just tried to process it all. The realization that space could be crafted like color or music left me stunned. The same thing happened at the former VC Morris' art glass shop on Maiden Lane in San Francisco. This tiny Frank Lloyd Wright gem from 1940 was clearly his dry run for his eventual design of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. I remember walking in and sensing something profound.

While most of my posts are about the places I visit as I go about my life and work, I thought I'd share some photos from a very special exhibit. One that changed me.

It was the "Bodyworks" exhibition by Issey Miyake in San Francisco nearly 30 years ago at the original Museum of Modern Art. My apologies. In those days I photographed everything using an old German Kodak Retina. In more skilled hands that fine camera could have delivered better photographs.

Masterworks in Pleats

Born in Hiroshima in 1938 Miyake, when this show was staged, was reaching his creative zenith. He would withdraw from day-to-day management of his studio to pursue research activities a little more than a decade later.

Even today these garments of feathers, wetsuit material, wires and fanned pleats appear both timeless and futuristic.

Yet these pieces clearly whisper of Miyake's heritage; coming of age creatively as post war Japan emerged on the world stage as an industrial powerhouse.

This exhibit was astounding in 1984. It was simply decades ahead of its time. It literally took my breath away.




All Displayed in a Nearly Perfect Venue

History Referenced

I'm not sure if it came about as a result of this exhibition, but the timing of this show parallels the point where Miyake and computer maker Steve Jobs met. A meeting that resulted in Miyake making him a seemingly endless supply of those trademark black turtlenecks.

It doesn't seem possible to me now, but this exhibit was staged at a time before my children were born.

They are now creative adults themselves.

Time is as elusive as a breeze.

Roadboy's Travels © 2012