Eugene Ray SDSU 1970's

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

Saturday, November 3, 2012

RADIANT NOLA JUNGLE IMAGES deep soul metaphysical graphics express >passionate roots love< ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ COLLAGE was a PERFECT MEDIA to express new orleans devotion ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 5 FAVORITE COLLAGE GRAPHICS tropique/magique/metaphysique bond companion to the designs- RADIANT TROPIC ARCHITECTURE


             +TROPIQUE MAGIQUE+
       >many of you my good friends have<
        >correspondence art from me over<
         >many years expressing devotion<
                        >to our shared<
           >for a quarter of a century at<
       >san diego state university i would<
                  +ALONGSIDE DESIGN+
                      +G R A P H I C S+ 
          >annually exhibit what i call the<

                     >collage images of<
                >(afro-latin culture matrix)<
        >by the new orleans roots brought<
            >to light in our recent journey<
                 >flavoring creative effort<

                  +TONIGHT'S PHOTOS+
        >feature five collages of this type<
           >scanned by mister dave fobes<

               +FRESH CREATIVE GROWTH+

      >note : first three collages based on<
        >leica 35 mm photos i have taken<
          >in the field..(the 4th & 5th on<
                 >a life magazine cover)<
        +BETWEEN 1946 AND 1996 I TOOK+
                >times picayune award<
                  +P H O T O G R A P H S+
       (>synchronistically the award photo<
           >was of my first wife at the nola<
                 >cavaroc/seignoret house<)

        #1)          +NEW ORLEANS+
                             +D A W N+
        >the garden district of new orleans<
            >where i had my design studio<
                 >was rich with tropic life<
                     +RADIANT IN LIGHT+
        (>i shall show images soon taken<
         >in my tropic was here<
                   +HURRICANE PROOF+
          >i designed ninth ward housing<)

        #2)           +TROPIC TOMB+

        #3)   >( jungle manifestation )<
                +GROWTH FROM DECAY+     
       >lafcadio hearn expressed so vividly<
          >in his essays the radiant beauty<
             >in the old creole cemetaries<
                        +LOST TOMBS+
          >of my degruy ancestors in saint<
           >tammany parish jungle milieu<
                 +RADIANT MORPHOSIS+

                             +N O T E+
        >often, as in this case and the next<
            >pair of collages one favorite<
               >image would be used for<
                  +DIFFERENT VERSIONS+

      #4)         +RADIANT SPHERES+

      #5) >based on a 1937 life magazine<
              >cover... this powerful image<
                       +SHEAR POETRY+
              >is so marvelous i never can<
                >forget its haunting, lyric<
                     +ORGANIC BEAUTY+
                 >you may have noticed<
                    +AFRICAN CULTURE+
               >as a powerful force in my<
                    +CREATIVE OEUVRE+           
                   >rich as our best soil<
         >perhaps it it genetic memory of<
          >years of french plantation life<
             >that galvenises our senses<
             +I LOVE THIS PAIR SO MUCH+
               +I WISH TO FRAME THEM+
            (>as a gift for two dear friends<
              >in a well deserved surprise<)
                           +STAY TUNED+
                 gene ray, lajolla, california

                >eugene ray, mfa, architect<
                 >professor emeritus, sdsu<

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