I’ve been interested in sculptural forms for most of my life. After I returned from my latest sojourn to Touchstone, I had a conversation with a good friend who is a painter. We were discussing artistic orientations and we agreed that some artists see in two dimensions and others see in three dimensions. While I surely appreciate painting and other two-dimensional media, my orientation has always been towards three dimensions. The two dimensional artists that I most appreciate tend to have strong shapes in their work. Marsden Hartley and Lyonel Feininger, as examples, come to mind. I’ve been interested in sculpture since an early age, but never did much with that interest other than read books and admire the sculpture of others. Touchstone changed that. A whole new world opened to me with the realization that I, too, had something to say, sculpturally.
Architecture has always fascinated me, starting with the architecture of Antonio Gaudi. At one time, I wanted to be an architect, but mathematics and engineering are most assuredly not my strong suites. Frank Lloyd Wright intrigued me early on, but that interest did not continue. While I respect the holes that he blew in the way architecture was practiced in the first half of the 20th century and how he opened the door for some incredible architecture, I find his homes cramped, cold, and can’t imagine living in one of them. Instead, I am intrigued with architecture that follows natural forms. While I surely can’t afford anything built by Eugene Tsui, I like his approach to his work. Here is an interesting interesting video interview of Mr. Tsui:
In future posts, perhaps I will cover other intriguing architects and environmental artists.