28. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Informational Book, Kira, NonFiction

Artists' handmade houses by Gotkin, Michael , 239 pages, read by Kira, on 03/27/2012

Soleri-Chalky-Walls-394 arts hs artists_handmade_houses arts hThis book shows the houses both inside and out of various artists’ homes.  The only artist I recognized was Paolo Soleri – I have actually toured Arcosanti an experimental city north of Phoenix that Soleri designed.  I loved the place (the book features Cosanti which is in Phoenix) – it was bright, cool colorful, cheery, even though it uses lots and lots of concrete in its design (see http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/Arcosanti-Panorama-800.jpg).  I can’t imagine that Cosanti looks so different.  However, all of the pictures of homes in the book (including Cosanti), look cold, damp, faded, and dreary – I wondered if the photographer used a “drear” filter on the lens, or maybe someone sabotaged all the pictures so that the book wouldn’t be a hit – I checked it was published in 2011, so they couldbn’t have faded to these dull colors.

I was surprised at how many of these architect designers wind up NOT living in their own creations, supposedly it just happens to work out that way for some reason – if I designed a house that I liked, I’d be living there.

What I liked about the book, was the extensive photos of each artist’s house.  Other books, show a few cramped photos.  It would have been nice to see the layout or plan of individual houses, but what I’d really like is to see a version of this book that looks at Contemporary artists (like Laurel Burch, or Sherrill Kahn, or Tim Holtz, or Lynne Perella) instead of Modern Artists, with extensive photos, and good colored photos.

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