Friday, September 17, 2010

The painted wall from caves to le Corbusier

I started a blog that started the whole blog-world crying. Boo Hoo! No, not really but for some reason people were confused in my last blogpost. Do ya think it was because my pictures didn't match my words?  I mentioned that I created a PowerPoint presentation and instead of showing the contents of that PowerPoint presentation I put up some of my collages which I assumed no one would mistake for the kind of thing typically associated with PowerPoint. Apparently some readers took my collages for my PP presentation. And why not? They could have been. So the joke's on me.

La Grotte Chauvet, discovered in 1994.

David Byrne has used PP for his own ironic take on corporate salesmanship so anything goes in PP. But no, my presentation was given at a big design firm in their cool modern office and I was there to let the designers know how my work could fit into their projects: boutique hotels and high end residential projects world wide. I also wanted to give them some background on the use of paintings (murals) in interiors so I used the idea behind my blog which suggests that every interior from caves to modernism (and beyond) is an appropriate setting.

La Grotte Chauvet, N 44° 21' and E 4° 29' 24".

La Grotte Chauvet, c. 28,000–23,000 BP

Just for a little shock value I included a picture of le Corbusier painting in the nude. I love this shot. He looks a bit confused, (as if he read my last post), and he's sporting that gorgeous scar from a shark bite or motor boat propeller. Which is it? And of course I showed some beautiful images of french cave paintings, as beautiful and mysterious as ever.

Now look how the ancient cave painting seems a kin to Corbu's mural. That just blows my mind. I mean the cave works are 17,000 years old. Oh well, they were discovered in 1940. It's quite possible Corbu saw them and referenced the memory.  Btw the modern painting happens to be le Corbsuier's only mural in the U.S. It's at the (once) home of Ruth and Constantino Nivola in Springs. Corbu stayed there while working on the design of the U.N. headquarters in Manhattan.

Next: We'll go beyond!
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