Home as Art, Art as Home: A panel discussion on J.B. Blunks hand-built Residence

Event Starts: Sun , Feb 18, 2018 , 05:30pm PST

Event Ends: Sun , Feb 18, 2018 , 07:00pm PST

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Event Description

Moderated by Gerard OBrien with special guests Roman Alonso and Ido Yoshimoto.

From 1958 to 1962, fine artist and woodworker J.B. Blunk built a home in Marin County entirely by hand: he constructed its body from local redwood, fired its cups, plates and bowls in his own kiln, fashioned its furniture, and decorated it with his own sculptures and paintings. In a 2016 article about the house, theNew York TimessT magazinecalled it no less than one artists architectural treatise on how to live. Built on a piece of land that painter Gordon Onslow Ford gifted to Blunk in the 50s, the housewhich sits on a ridge in Inverness, facing picturesque Tomales Bayhas been beautifully preserved by Blunks wife and daughter, who have cared for it since the artists death in 2002. From 2007-2011, it was home to an artists residency program that invited makers to live and work in the space. This panelwhich features artist Ido Yoshimoto, whose father was Blunks assistant and who now makes his work in Blunks studio, Commune Design co-founder Roman Alonso, and gallerist Gerard OBrien, who represents the Blunk estatewill discuss the effect the house has had on each of them, as well as the houses history, how it continues to evolve, and how it has served to springboard ideas for a new generation of creative makers. Concurrent with the panel discussion, the event will feature the screening of a silent film created at the home by fine artist Jeffrey Blondes. A diptych of two simultaneous real-time images showing the houses interior and exterior spaces, the film was created using cameras that revolved 365 degrees over twenty-four hours. For this event, an accelerated version of the film will be projected over the course of an hour, giving panel-goers a compressed experience of the full film, and of a day spent at the house.

Please note: attendees can use their ticket confirmations for complimentary access to the "In Conversation: J.B. Blunk and Alma Allen" exhibition on view at the Architecture and Design Center during Modernism Week 2018.

The 2018 A+D Lecture Series is generously supported by Linda Usher and Malcolm Lambe, Mark A. Brooks, and The Ahmanson Foundation.

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