Here’s my newest painting. It’s the first of a couple that I’ll be showing out in LA this winter. I’ll post more details about the show as we get closer to the date!
ryanpanos: El Lissitzky, Wolkenbügel, 1924.
‘El Lissitzky’s skyscrapers stood on great elevated piers above intersections of radial and ring-rods in Moscow. These piers with their open-faced lift-shafts, support the horizontally cantilevered building. Beneath them are metro stations and bus-stops. The building is supposed to be made of steel and glass, all the parts being standardized so that no scaffolding is needed for its erection.
‘The creation of an office complex that would respond to the demands of the new times within the context of the old Moscow urban fabric was the basic idea leading to the concept of the so-called “sky-hook.” Moscow is a centralized city, characterized by a number of concentric ring boulevards connected by radial main streets emanating from the Kremlin. The proposal intends to place these structures at the intersections of the radials and the boulevards, where the most intense traffic is generated. Everything delivered to the building by horizontal traffic is subsequently transported vertically by elevator and then redistributed in a horizontal direction.’
Harpo Marx and Amelia Earhart
Men Shall Know Nothing of This (Les Hommes n’en sauront rien)
The inscription on the back of the painting reads: “The picture is curious because of its symmetry. The two sexes balance one another.”