|A Kindergarten with vertical colored exterior tubes|
I thought to write about architecture. I’ll try to stay on topic but my mind is wandering (wondering?) into everybody else’s backyard. My nose pricks at the possibilities. But here goes.
The 2017 Pritzker Prize for Architecture was awarded to a trio of Spanish architects that nobody ever heard of before and there is some hope that this signals the end of “starchitecture.”
I’ve loved good architecture always but I’ve come to have serious concerns about the field after walking through too many buildings that are all about “look at me” and not enough about “how do I make you feel and how do you relate to people while you’re here.” A good building should lift one’s spirits and incite delight. Architect and writer Susan Susanka “gets” it. Read her small house books - popular long before “small” became fashionable.
Anyway, Rafael Aranda, Carne Pigem and Ramon Vilatla (RCR Arquitectes) use a lot of recycled material which I always applaud. Their buildings are simple shapes and here are a few photographs of award winners.
|art center built inside castle walls|
|RCR Arquitectes, Winners of 2017 Pritzker Prize|
Meanwhile, across the globe, Banksy - remember him? He’s the British satirical graffiti artist who works under cover of night and anonymity to comment of social and political ills. His tongue-in-cheek talent turned to designing The Walled Off Hotel. The hotel was finished in secret by Palestinians in Bethlehem only a few feet away from the west bank barrier wall commonly called the Apartheid Wall. You can actually stay overnight in a Bunker for $30 a night - after putting up a $1000 security deposit.
Tongue-in-cheek? Bullet in head! I saw headlines about the hotel opening in several news sources; I didn’t hear anything about how hard reservations are to get. Aside: Charlie Booker and Diane Shakespeare , art critics, write about Banksy “(he) glorifies what is essentially vandalism; his work looks dazzlingly clever to idiots.” Hmmm…I’m not the only person who isn’t totally sold on graffiti art it seems.
|Room with painted mural|
|Guest room in the bunker|
Tamara Kostianovsky is from Argentina and immigrated to Philadelphia in 2000 to study art. Shortly after she arrived, the international market for pesos dropped through the rabbit hole and she found herself too poor to purchase art materials so she turned to what she already owned: clothing, towels, upholstery bits. From these she fashioned sculpture - specifically weird dead birds - in a statement about consumerism and the environment.
An exhibit of her work is on view at Y Gallery, New York, until the end of March. (Yes, these pictures of her sculpture are all made of cloth. No real birds were harmed.)