Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Buckminster Fuller

An inspiring, brilliant, visionary of a man. Buckminster Fuller was (and though he has passed, still is) a leading thinker in the fields of architecture, engineering, science, math, philosophy, and art. So much of his thinking--especially pertaining to environmental issues--were so ahead of his time and remain relevant to this very day.

He also taught at Black Mountain College, an experimental school, where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Merce Cunningham, Elaine de Koonig, Wilhelm de Koonig, and John Cage. He also did work with Isamu Noguchi. Lucky bastard. I wonder if he met Jasper Johns too.

It is interesting to note that the catalyst for his famous 50-some-year-experiment was the pain of losing his job and the death of his first daughter. I will never cease to be amazed at the resiliency of the human spirit. To be completely shattered and then to take those pieces and create a work of enduring beauty and brilliance.

There is an extremely comprehensive and well-curated exhibition at the MCA right now until June 21. My head was spinning (in a good way) by the time I reached the end. Some good "Bucky" quotes:

"Everything you've learned in school as 'obvious' becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even the suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines."

"A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist."

"Don't fight forces, use them."

Dymaxion Airbarac, Rest Area Dormitory/3 Nurse 60 Bed Hospital, 1945

Dome over Manhattan, circa 1960
Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao

U.S. Pavilion Design Montreal Expo 67, 1964
Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao

1 comment:

  1. im left with my head scratching... in an i have lice kinda way. im gonna go check it out!