I have never known a time in my life when I wasn't an artist. My first writing was published (a poem) when I was 17, and I made a clay sculpture that was exhibited when I was 16. I was around 12 or 13 when I started designing cars and boats, and I think I was in the 4th or 5th grade when I drew a [scaled] design of a building. I taught my first art class at the Boys Club when I was around 15. However, in the entire 12 years of my public education I did not have one single African-American male teacher of any subject.
Earlier this year I conduced a feature podcast with Ruth Ericson, a curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) about the epic Black Mountain College (BMC) exhibition she worked on under the direction of Helen Molesworth, who spearheaded the touring exhibition and presentation. In Part Three of our conversation Ericson and I first talk about pottery at BMC, and about Ruth Asawa’s prolific body of work created while at BMC. In conclusion, we talked about the African-Americans involved with BMC, including Jacob Lawrence.
Peter Voulkos, Rocking Pot, 1956, stoneware with colemanite wash, 13 5⁄8 x 21 x 17 1⁄2 inches. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and various donors and museum purchase © Voulkos Family Trust
In blurring the lines between art and object, how many legs does a table require? And if weight and tension can be used to generate support, what shape and form might those legs take on?
Maximizing minimalism by turning basic elements into something beautiful, intense and extreme.
"Lounge Decor" chaise lounge and "Octagon Lamp" are original artistic designs by Max Eternity. Conceptually, the idea for these works is an elegant repose for the human form held solid and with ease - a bold and enduring sophistication for the modern age.
There’s no shortage of unique and interesting homes in San Francisco, but at least one street in the city has more than its fair share, and it’s called Laidley Street. Built by Ross Levy Architects, the Abelson Gunthrie House truly represents modernist residential design on a grand scale. (Editor's Note: This article was originally written and published for MaxEternity.com in December 2013)
The "Blackjack" chair is a tubular steel chair design that I conceived a couple years ago. In my view, this design pushes the limits and potentiality of cantilevered tubular steel furniture, including engineering and manufacturing challenges.
Added to a growing list of industrial and transportation designs is this new ultra-sleek yacht, which is part of the Dreemurr nautical series. This particular yacht design is called "Beauty - Serenade"