Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Take me on a trip, I’d like to go some day. Take me to New York, I’d love to see LA.

My mom had the day off so she and I went to the downtown Central Library. I was surprised at how crowded the library was on a weekday morning. I wondered aloud what everyone was doing there and my mom said, "They are all here to look for jobs and porn." Damn. I guess I'm doing it wrong and should allocate some of my day time to porn lookin'.
We weren't there for jobs or porn, right now the library is having an exhibit on the sketches of architect Richard Neutra.

What I have always loved about Neutra's work are his clean lines, and integration into the Los Angeles landscape. His homes 'feel' like Los Angeles to me. The odd thing is that his early sketches reflect none of that. There is color, heavy tones - almost a thoughtful but heavy hand with the sketching.The exhibit is much bigger than I thought it'd be - but thank goodness - because you really get to sense the progression of this design aesthetic from his younger days to his actual buildings.
As I walked through the gallery I had to laugh. At my very first job at an architecture firm there were no computers. Everything was done by hand. It was a very old skool apprentice-like job. I remember drawing for work and school, spending late nights sketching historic building, drawing axon after axon, building foundation sections - hundreds upon hundreds, thinking...WHY. I was young and naive and didn't understand how important it would be for me later - to take in every piece of knowledge. Only now looking back, am I grateful for all those long hours I was 'forced' to hand draw details.

The exhibit is thorough and rich with Neutra's design sense. You can't help but walk away and feel the influence he's had on the city and vice versa. It makes me want to go out and appreciate Los Angeles even more.
Just outside the Central Library is Cafe Pinot. Joachim Spichal practically owns this town, but this is one of his very first restaurants. Back in the day when I worked downtown all of us in the office were new architecture school grads, and we went here a lot. At the time I could only afford fries for lunch. I miss that taste of those Pinot fries. Now that I am older and wiser, and can afford soup too. Ha! Movin' on up to the East Side, Weezy! Corn Chowder from Pinot is divine, in case you are wondering. My mom and I had a lovely lunch on the patio under warm 78 degree skies. Man, I love this town.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Sizzle said...

"Movin' on up to the East Side, Weezy!"

That made me laugh.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 7:10:00 AM  
Blogger dapotato said...

oh goody. glad you liked it. i gotta hit it up soon. our school's hosting a neutra/schidler exhibit later this summer, too.

i wish i knew how to hand draft better. some of our old school instrcutor's drawings are amazing.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:49:00 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Ooh, I wanted to see this Neutra exhibit. I love the downtown library.

Friday, May 29, 2009 7:11:00 PM  

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