Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Blast From The Past, Inspired by "Mark Rothko and Eames Designs" by k Madison Moore Pennsylvania Artist

"A Blast from The Past"

Inspired by Mark Rothko and Eames Designs

11 x 14 Oil painting on canvas 


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So much fun doing the research for this painting.  When Dominic and I were in the
restoration business we restored several of Eames furniture pieces, especially
these well known Eames black molded plastic chairs. I always wondered what the big attraction
was until I sat in one and melted. They are so comfortable and were so far ahead of their time being Post war Modernism.

I felt the Mark Rothko paintings were a perfect match to use in a composition with Eames as they were from the same Era 1903 - the 70's and the two arts complimented each other so well. The table is also Eames and the Carpt was designed after Rothko.

Well, while I was at it, I dug into the past ( ok giving my age away here) to see what else I could come up with when I hit pay dirt with the Juke Box. I am sure may of you remember those. How fun! Add a couple of Ice Cream Sodas, a penny Bubble Gum Machine, a copy of Look and Bazaar Magazines, a big chrome lamp and couple pairs of those wild and crazy Saddle Shoes and and great Channel Handbag and you have " A Blast From The Past" Enjoy

Mark Rothko, born Marcus Rothkowitz (September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970), was a Russian-born American painter. He is classified as an abstract Impressionist, although he himself rejected this label, and even resisted classification as an "abstract painter".

Painting consumed Rothko's life, and although he did not receive the attention he felt his work deserved in his own lifetime, his fame has increased dramatically in the years following his death. At odds with the more formally rigorous artists among the Abstract Expressionists, Rothko nevertheless explored the compositional potential of color and form on the human psyche. To stand in front of a Rothko is to be in the presence of the pulsing vibrancy of his enormous canvases; it is to feel, if only momentarily, something of the sublime spirituality he relentlessly sought to evoke. Rigidly uncompromising, Rothko refused to bend to the more distasteful aspects of the art world, a position upheld by his children who did nothing less than alter the entire state of the art market in their fierce protection of his life and work.

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Charles & Ray Eames
Eames, Charles & Ray – (Architecture, Furniture, Designer) (1907-1978) Important and influential designers of the Post-war Modern Era. They used technology with an artist's flair. The United States Army commissioned Charles to produce plywood stretchers and splints during the war. He was the first person to produce compound curves with molded plywood and fiberglass. This led to his design of the LCM chair in 1945, it had a molded plywood seat and back with compound curves on metal legs. In 1956, Charles and his wife Ray designed the famous Lounge chair 670 and Ottoman 671 to replace the overstuffed wingchair. It was made of laminated Rosewood with leather padding, and the same bend was used for all the pieces. Eames 670 chair and Van Der Rohe's Barcelona chair are considered the two greatest furniture designs of the 20th Century. Eames the first architect and designer to be completely at home with technology, he mastered the machine so that it was no longer threatening.

The first jukeboxes were simply wooden boxes with coin slots and a few buttons. Over time they became more and more decorated, using color lights, rotating lights, chrome, bubble tubes, ceiling lamps, and other visual effects. Many consider the 1940s to be the "golden age" of jukebox styling with the gothic-like curvaceous "electric rainbow cathedral" look. World War II and the Great Depression were over, so the new designs and sales choices reflected the festive mood. The first model manufactured after WWII was the Model A, produced by AMI. Affectionately referred to as the "Mother of Plastic", it featured large areas of opalescent plastics and colored gemstones.


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