Eugene Ray SDSU 1970's

Eugene Ray SDSU 1970's
Eugene Ray 1970's. photo credit: Tom Davis

Saturday, November 1, 2014

NOLA JUNGLE RADIANCE / pilgrimage 2014

+CREOLE NEW ORLEANS+
>is a fabulous place where >french-african<
>super reality has synergized a vision that<
+GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ AFRICAN VOUDOU+
>combines the organic with the cosmic<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+JUNGLE RADIANCE+
>of the tropic syndrome inspired french art<
>in the vision of edgar degas in the 1870s<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+> / EDGAR DEGAS, also+
+> / ODILON REDON)+
>when he visited his mother's people and<
>odilon redon when he visited my people<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+BETWEEN 1965 &1970+
>i was able to construct three projects in<
>thé vieux carre following five years of<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+COLOR-LIGHT-ENERGY)+ 
>building an affordable >post & beam<
>oeuvre in the jungles of the feliciana<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
+PHIL de GRUY & TOMMY MCINTOSH+
>are impressive artists creating impressive work<
>of the ancient jungle streets of old new orleans<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ TROPIC SYNDROME)+
>where i struggled myself to follow a vision of<
>biotronic, cosmic & organic >transcendence<
 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >looking in the face of phil de gruy i see<
>the radiant soul of my grandmother's<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ VERLOIN de GRUY)+
>french >tropic syndrome< family<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>cousin phil de gruy as seen this year at<
>"chiki wha wha" a very popular night<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+NOLA CREATIVE VISION)+
>club, bar, cafe out canal st. near the<
>building i drew for curtis & davis<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >beyond this gate on 2nd st. in the nola garden<
>district and across the courtyard was my most<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ 9TH WARD HOUSING)+
>fascinating office-studio where i drew the<
>design for affordable 9th ward housing<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the jungle wins in new orleans quite often /<
>covington shutters must be closed at night<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >new orleans is laid out such that a few blocks<
>from my radiant garden district 2nd st. studio<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ TROPICAL CYCLONES)+
>this ancient house is being devoured by the<
>jungle vines of the french tropic syndrome<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >new orleans inspires artists like tommy mcintosh<
>using his state of the art i-mac to create videos of<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ RADIANT CINEMA)+
>musicians like phil de gruy to spread nola music<
>around a video spectrum of the world wide web<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >out in laplace a tropical village in saint charles<
>parish (where the verloin degruy had several<
+GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+>/ ST. CHARLES PARISH+
>of the indigo plantations) tommy mcintosh<
>makes jazz videos of his cinematography<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >lunch on the veranda of the audubon park golf<
>club is nothing short of an old south occasion<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+FOUCHER PLANTATION)+
>with french bread the vital ingredient of all<
>menu items, especially red beans & rice<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >after a wonderfully nourishing day w/ tommy<
>chris & zac mcintosh (chris & zac handed us<
>"drive in" daiquiris upon arrival) we arrived<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ MARY LYNN HYDE)+
>at the old foucher plantation, audubon park,<
>where mary lynn hyde met us for lunch<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>the ambience of the old foucher-de bore family<
>plantations is still vivid here and i have written<
>much about king louis phillippe head of the<
+GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ CHARLES GAYARRE)+
>french templar-masons staying here and the<
>building of the cotton centennial fair here<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the new orleans jungle has won here<
>/the roof is completely vine covered<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >it reminds me of my exhibition in brazil<
>/ vines completely covered a highway<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>mary lynn hyde not only hosted us for three<
>nights in her beautiful townhouse she found<
+(AFRO-FRENCH JUNGLE WINS+
+IN OUR >OLD NEW ORLEANS)+
>this world class tropical urban house where<
>"plant kingdom"< has become"vital factor"<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO+
+MARY LYNN HYDE & TOMMY+
+CHRIS & ZAC MCINTOSH FOR+
>(thanks also to >marianne's son<
>stephen laub cinematographer<
>who introduced us to tommy)< !
+THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT+
+OF A WONDERFUL SAFARI+ !
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu

Friday, October 31, 2014

BUMBLE BEE TO COVINGTON / pilgrimage 2014

+FELICIANA JUNGLE RADIANCE+
>entered my metaphysical life as a young boy<
>during summer weeks spent w/ our staigg<
>cavaroc grandmother in the sleepy town<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>/ SANSOUCI FOREST)+
>of covington where in 1959 i opted to<
>settle, open an office & build my first<
>structures that formed our foundation<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+OUR MOTHER & FATHER HAD+
+MET AT A DANCE ONE NIGHT+
>(the dance pavilion is still<
>there down in the park)<
+ON THE TCHEFUNCTE RIVER+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>tonight's blog is is based on a series of<
>photos taken in the southern hotel at<
+(DEDICATED TO BROTHER+
+WALKER & WIFE DELLA)+
>the end of our pilgrimage this week<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+WE WENT TO CELEBRATE THE+
+82nd BIRTHDAY OF LORRAINE+
>(wife of cousin, friend &<
>architect neal pendleton)<
+PENDLETON, CREOLE BEAUTY+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>this photo was taken last year at anabel's cov.<
>restaurant / (r. to l.) walker & della, marianne<
+(ANABEL'S RESTAURANT+
+ CLAIBORNE HILL, 2013)+
>& i, neal & lorraine / ( friend robin lobdell<
>beeman's childhood home is nearby )<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
                                     
>the aboriginal people of st tammany jungles<
>possessed great organic & cosmic abilities<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >choctaw indian villages were important in the<
>thick forests (jungle) of st. tammany parish &<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ MAYAN INFLUENCE)+
>it pleased me to see this wooden "chief" at<
>the side entrance of the grt. southern hotel<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the steamer josie w/ captain dudley weaver<
>at the helm was one of our dad's favorite<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>> / STEAMER JOSIE)+
>early memories of employment and his<
>introduction to nola's new basin canal<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >mature trees are prolific in the ambience of<
>old covington village along the tchefuncte<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>>/ COSMIC VISION)+
>river where i built the first structures of<
>my oeuvre w/ intense cosmic vision<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>tuggy's bar was a favorite watering hole in the<
>southern hotel & tuggy himself an institution<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ COVINGTON OZONE)+
>who i remember well for his good humor<
>some wives were not enthusiastic at all<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the "bumble bee" interurban train was a very<
>popular sight for my youthful eyes around<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ CAVAROC MEMERE)+
>the time of my summer vacation in 1937<
>it became legendary in my early years<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the new orleans new basin canal was a few<
>steps from storeyville, the red-light district<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ "THE JAZZ WORKSHOP")+
>where louis armstrong and other famed<
>dixieland jazz musicians got their start<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 >when i opened my office in covington<
>h.j. smith & sons was still in business<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+>/ COVINGTON DESIGN)+
>& actually furnished some material<
>for constructing my early projects<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >it was heartening to see this sign in a hall<
>of the second floor in honor of one of my<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>/ WALKER PERCY)+
>favorite covingtonians the great southern<
>writer who developed a cosmic vision<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>saint scholastica academy is where my<
>beloved first wife, marian went for her<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ MARIAN OLSEN RAY)+
>early schooling from new orleans by<
>commuting on greyhound weekends<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >this egyptological photo in lorraine pendleton's<
>family collection is my favorite and reminds me<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ KING AKEHNATEN)+
>of one in our childhood living room at 430 8th<
>st., baton rouge which inspired a life research<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >after photographing the southern hotel graphics<
>walker, della, marianne & i met neal & lorraine<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ CREOLE GRAPHICS)+
>for lunch after which we visited their home &
>found these two wonderful family graphics<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+APOLOGY+
>i apologise to our covington friends who<
>i would have liked to have seen during<
+(TEN YEARS DEVOTED TO+
+OUR CREATIVE OEUVRE)+
>this journey but there was a mistake in<
>thinking we would not visit covington<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+COVINGTON IS VERY SPECIAL+
+W/ ITS ARTISTIC STRENGTH+
>(ambience of pine forests<
>and >fine multiple rivers<
>(inspiring organic ideals)<
+(ATTRACTING TALENTED+
+PEOPLE TO ITS JUNGLES)
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu




Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOULIGNY SECRETS / fabulous pilgrimage

+BARATARIA PILIGRIMAGE+
>thanks to tommy & chris mcintosh, mary lynn hyde<
>& especially john lawrence & daniel hammer our<
>2014 NOLA jungle pilgrimage was fantastic w/<
+(PRESENTATION SLIDES TO+
+BE DIGITIZED FOR COLOR)+
>THNOC sending word that our slides would be<
>digitized for preservation of their color quality<        
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+BOULIGNY=BOUILLION+
>returning from new orleans, i re-read<
>bouillion-french history on the plane<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+HOLY BLOOD & GRAIL)+
>they had an amazing templar history<
>it reads like fiction w/ great intrigue<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
+(ORIENT & STENAY FORESTS+
>(google me w/ each of these,<
>scholarly research pays off)<
+/DAGOBERT & CLAIRVAUX)+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>the bouligny plantation house was very special<
>and thanks to tommy i was able to photograph<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>> / PRIORY de SION)+
>it moments after we landed at the nola airport< 
>/we arrived at the site just as the sun was set<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >we remember the de gruy bought bouligny<
>land for their knights templar domed sugar<
+(BOULIGNY PLANTATION+
+HAD TEMPLAR SECRETS)+
>mill…these 2 families were leaders of the<
>first crusade and later the knights templar<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >tommy and chris mcintosh and son zac are<
>wonderful friends who were evacuated in<
+TOM A CINEMATOGRAPHER+
+/ CHRIS IS A LEGAL EXPERT+
>hurricane katrina but have found a fine<
>new home in the laplace tropic zone<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>marianne loves new orleans almost as much<
>as i and mary lynn hyde drove us out to city<
>park where i once designed an extension in<
+GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>> / ODILON REDON)+
>a competition & cavaroc-lelong family had<
>been important to the NOLA art museum<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
                                      
 >i have written much about john h. lawrence<
>(l), son of my tulane patron, dean lawrence<
>head of the architecture school whe hired<
+(JOHN & DANIEL IN THNOC+
+WILLIAMS RESEARCH CTR)+
>me to teach while i earned a mfa degree<
>/ daniel hammer ® is also a tulane prof<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >tommy mcintosh drove mary lynn hyde, marianne<
>& i to the barataria lafitte jungle & enroute we<
>stopped to film the site of the gruy plantation<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ DOMED SUGAR MILL)+
>now covered w/ industrial buildings and to<
>our amazement found "the promised land"<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >i took about forty jungle photos of palmetto<
>in a beautiful hike very close to the site of<
>a degruy indian mound plantation where<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+INDIAN MOUND HOUSE)+
>j.b. degruy married the aristocratic widow<
>elizabeth sabine montaut de monberaud<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >while out at city park, mary lynn hyde, marianne<
>& i dined at the elegant "inn at the park" on an<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>/ CREOLE COOKING)+
>interesting chicken & ham creole type dish / we<
>had a jam-packed 3 days w/ mary lynn in nola<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >my two fine book dealer friends, russell desmond<
>and carey beckham have been located in the nola,
+(ARCADIAN BOOK SHOP /+
+& LIBRAIRE BOOKSHOP)+
>vieux carre for many years and both as i were,
>raised in baton rouge w/ nola connections<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >still life in a corner of the "napoleon house"<
>my favorite oasis in the vieux carre where,
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>> / NAPOLEON HOUSE)+
>classic music enriches environment while<
>sazaracs & muffelettas enrich the body<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the interior of the st. louis cathedral reminds us<
>that in the 18th century pere dagobert married<
+GOOGLE :>> EUGENE RAY /+
+MARIE THERESE AUFRERE+
>our first de gruy immigre, antoine j.b. verloin<
>de gruy to marie therese aufrere on this site<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >marianne is a great fan of "cafe du mond" beignets<
>& coffee which is a new orleans institution located<
+(GOOGLE :> EUGENE RAY /+
+>>/ CALLAS TOUT CHAUD)+
>only a block from our hotel but my favorite is "the<
>coffee pot" where one can have callas tout chaud<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >synchronistically, our hotel in the vieux carre<
>where we spent the last 3 nights in nola was<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>> / AUFRERE-PERRY)+
>located on the site of our aufrere-perry town<
>house, ancestors of the de gruy in-law fmly
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>two stars of our 2014 nola pilgrimage are good<
>friend / cousin, architect, neal (gruy) pendleton<
+(>>LORRAINE PENDLETON / +
+CLASSIC CREOLE BEAUTY)+
>and wife lorraine, a classic creole beauty who<
>celebrated her 82 nd b-day on our pilgrimage<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+NEAL GAVE ME AN EXCELLENT+
>history book of historical<
+NEW ORLEANS ARCHITECTURE+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PILGRIMAGE 2014 / sacred nola relatives & friends

+NOLA RELATIVES & FRIENDS+
>are sacred in my perspective of life on earth<
>as we pack our bags for our fall pilgrimage<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>> / NEW ORLEANS)+
>and this is my final blog before we leave<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+MARY LYNN HYDE+
>lajolla tulane alumni board member friend<
>awaits us in new orleans where she has<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>/ MARY LYNN HYDE)+
>been kind enough to provide help for<
>our pilgrimage in several vital ways<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS+
+COLLECTION ALSO AWAITS+
>(john lawrence, daniel hammer<
>have always been v. generous)<
+OUR PILGRIMAGE W/ DATA+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>brother walker & wife della & family<
>shall join us on october 26th and we<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ WALKER JOHN RAY)+
>look forward to several other friends<
>(difficulty is to be fair w/ time-focus)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
>the historic new orleans collection has a<
>superior archive and i have decided to<
+GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>> / T. H. N. O. C.+
>leave the louisiana portion of my work<
>to these devoted & scholarly people<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>our nightly blog has allowed me a medium<
>to present the previous five years research<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>> / FRENCH HISTORY)+
>into our french history augmented with<
>many images from my design oeuvre<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
                                      

 >our ray, degruy, cavaroc, bres, staigg, foucher<
>and other related creole families history has<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+NOLA CREOLE FAMILY)+
>provided much fascinating data leading us<
>to our ancient roots in "romand" europe<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 >leonardo da vinci & saint king dagobert are<
>just two of the most profound persona who<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>> / KING DAGOBERT)+
>are important to creole european history<
>especially considering secret societies<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>the great haitian artist, hector hyppolite is one<
>of the lesser known but important artists who<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ HECTOR HYPPOLITE)+
>have been vital figures relating to our blog<
>in hyppoolte's resilient hut & magic talent<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>gruyere castle< has been a prime focus in<
>our knights templar history…the current<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+> / KNIGHTS TEMPLAR)+
>issue of "atlantis rising" magazine has<
>a fascinating article on swiss templars<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>design for the livingston parish court house<
>is just one of several designs i made during<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+> / LOUISIANA OEUVRE)+
>our years in louisiana for engineer patrons<
>which could be easily overlooked in time<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the remains of the gruy brothers barataria jungle<
>is a sad reflection of its former glory when the<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>/ BETSY SWANSON)+
>purple gallinule ruled over a plant kingdom of<
>giant palmetto 25 ft. tall, thick cane breaks,<
>mayan influenced temples & lafitte's camp<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >dear friends radiant lorraine & talented spouse<
>architect, cousin neal pendleton, seen here at<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+>>>NEAL PENDLETON)+
>the napoleon house w/ blessed marianne at our<
>ray/gruy fmly lunch in late october of last year<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>neal & i link via gilbert dufouchard degruy<
>and the new orleans sauton creole family<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+>>GILBERT D. de GRUY)+
>i published his gifted writing & graphics<
>during this last year for all to enjoy< !!!
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >"heart of gold" brother, walker j. ray w/ wife<
>gracious della. seen at the napoleon house w/<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ NAPOLEON HOUSE)+
>our amazing magician nephew, joel ray, famed<
>as "dr. magic" on southern television stations<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>walker's two wonderful children by his first<
>wife mary, are smiling holly, w/ friend doug<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>> / BATON ROUGE)+
>and brother michael, who as a successful<
>restauranteur graciously hosted us in b.r.<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>michael ray is also a devoted historian & will<
>enjoy a puzzle that i found in a sam wilson<
>text suggesting a john ray was architect of<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+ / GEORGIA CHADWICK)+
>the lee circle monument…friend georgia<
>chadwick found a john roy architect &<
> i found this son of john ray possibility<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+I BELIEVE GEORGIA CHADWICK+
+IS PROBABLY CORRECT AND I+
>(georgia as head of the<
>louisiana law library<
>is a john ray scholar)<
+THANK HER SCHOLAR SHIP+
+(PLUS GRUY MASON HELP)+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu