08 September 2011

On Laskey

Professor Leslie Laskey shocked the hell out of me with his question at my first critique as a student at Washington University's School of Architecture. I'd just finished presenting some conte crayon on newsprint sketches and described the concept for my upcoming project to design a wall in a garden.

After I finished presenting, he exclaimed, "JUST WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?" Into the tense silence, I meekly replied, "Cornell."

"Oh, . . . well, that explains it!"

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That was my introduction to the force know as Laskey. I was never fortunate enough to have him as my professor as he taught the undergraduates, though I did participate in a few of his design salons some years later.

He certainly influenced the direction of my own work, suggesting I take a close look at Harris Armstrong's Magic Chef Building and its Noguchi ceiling. I'd come to him asking for his advice about how I might pursue my interest in issues relating to the historic preservation of modernist architecture.

Now, at ninety, Laskey's work will be the subject of simultaneous exhibitions at the Bruno David Gallery and at Steinberg Gallery at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. The openings will be held tomorrow evening, Friday 9 September 2011 in conjunction with exhibit openings at the Pulitzer and the Contemporary.

Take a look at this wonderful short video by David Wild:

Leslie Laskey: Hinge from David Wild on Vimeo.

01 September 2011

Opening Tonight at Old North St. Louis!

(en)visioning Hyde Park opening :: Thurs., Sept. 1st

Please read and share this notice regarding the upcoming exhibition opening for (en)visioning Hyde Park. The opening will take place tonight,Thursday, September 1st from 6pm to 8pm.

The exhibit is being held at Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's gallery located at :

   2700 N. 14th Street
   St. Louis, Missouri 63106

This very special opening features the work of Hyde Park middle school children who participated in Rebuild Foundation's Urban Expressions program in June and July. Andrew Raimist acted as digital photography instructor and the results of their summer's work will be on display.

The kids receive awards and certificates as well as a book documenting their work over this summer which they accomplished alongside Washington University students in Theaster Gates' CityStudioSTL design-build program.

    Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=238900999484639

You can find out more about the program at:

   http://kck.st/m32Pqu (Kickstarter)

   http://rebuild-foundation.org (Rebuild)

The opening will include food and beverages, a slide show as well as a special collection of cameras spanning over 100 years from the Brownie to the digital point-and-shoot camera's used by the kids.

If you're unable to join us, please share this information on your blog or with your social media contacts.

This project has been generously supported by backers of our Kickstarter grant as well as support from the Missouri Arts Council, Rebuild Foundation and Most Holy Trinity Catholic School. We welcome additional contributions to this worthwhile community arts effort.

If you have any questions about the exhibition, please contact Andrew Raimist:

   phone:    314 / 640 6878
   email:      ALWRaimist@me.com
   blog:        http://AndrewRaimist.com