Eugene Ray SDSU 1970's

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

Friday, August 29, 2014

KUDZU IN THE HEAT /

+DEDICATION+
>to gilbert dufouchard degruy, father of degruy< 
>genealogy who first introduced me to that<
+(GRATITUDE W/ LOVE+
+FOR THEIR SUPPORT)+
>fascinating subject & my brother walker<
>who has been ill in the hospital recently<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+JEAN BAPTISTE VERLOIN deGRUY+
>cleared the impenetrable cane along bayou barataria<
>in the jungle south of new orleans while living in<
>a french tropics house on an indian mound that<
+(GROWING INDIGO WHILE+
+PLANTING SUGAR CANE)+
>his de monberaud bride had inherited after her<
>first husband, de la croix, had passed away<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+THE INDIAN MOUND HOUSE+
>(barataria was dangerous<
>w/ wild animals & pirates)<
+WAS LIKE "LACOUR"HOUSE+ 
 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+GIANT PALMETTOS+
>25 ft high along w/ oaks & cypress dominated<
>the thick vegetation while alligator multitudes<
>sunned themselves on the barataria river bank<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+ALLIGATORS GREW LONGER+
+THEN PALMETTOS 25' HT. IN+
>(alligators teeth were<
>sharp as metal razors)<
+18 C LOUISIANA JUNGLES+
 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >there is an early french tropic house at<
>mandeville i have photographed that<
+(GRUY INDIAN MOUND+
+HOUSE was LIKE THIS)+
>looked much like this lacour house<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >new orleans was officially colony of the<
>french west indies & the african people<
+(NOLA WAS CHILD OF+
+/ FRENCH W. INDIES)+
>had artistic talent & construction ability<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>radiant color reflected the rich indigenous<
>folk culture from french west africa into<
+(NOLA FOLK CULTURE+
+REFLECTS RADIANCE)+
>vernacular  contemporary soda labels<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >many hours we spent looking for remnants<
>of my grandmothers french creole culture<
+(FRENCH CREOLE ART>+
+TOUGH & PERSISTANT)+
>which was found in some remote locals<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >african okra was a vital essence in the daily<
>ritual of preparing french-african seafood<
+(OKRA ESSENCE IN+
+SEAFOOD GUMBO)+
>gumbo w/ its amazing organic powers<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^                                                                                                                          
 >our mother and older brother both had<
>seering metaphysical talent in the arts<
+(COSMIC CONSCIOUS+
+OCCULT MANIFESTS)+
>and in visionary occult prognostics<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >in the 1990s i discovered the poignant photos<
>of artist william christenberry born into a poor<
+(WE SHARED EMPATHY+
+/ IN ORGANIC ISSUES)+
>cotton sharecropping family in rural alabama<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^                
 >william christenberry and i shared some<
>correspondence and i sent him a packet<
+(CHRISTENBERRY is now+
+A PROF. IN WASH. D.C.)+
>of my mail art w/ its french rural spirit<
>(thanks to cousin neal for his packets)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the prolific vital persistent growth of asian<
>kudzu vine caused alabama highway dept<
+(KUDZU "EATS" SMALL+
+ALABAMA HOUSES)+
>to plant in rural areas BUT it takes over<
>(it grows so fast one can see it grow)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >(the original house above<
>& sculpture model below)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >william christenberry is so empathetic w/ his<
>alabama folk culture he crafted sculptures as<
+(RURAL HOUSE SCULPTURE+
+OF W'M CHRISTENBERRY)+
>based on rural alabama sharecropper houses<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the simplicity of some of the rural alabama<
>houses reflects a classic vision related to<
+(CLASSIC SIMPLICITY+
+/RURAL ALA. FIELDS)+
>bauhaus principals & modern concepts<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
                                      
>long before i met christenberry & his work<
>in alabama i was documenting nola creole<
+(NOLA ORGANIC RUINS+
+NEW GROWTH RITUAL)+
>ruinous houses & making collage graphics<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+GOOGLE : WILLIAM CHRISTENBERRY+
>(plant kingdom vital kudzu meets<
>organic ruins in rural alabama<
>radiant w/ soda sign color)<
+FOR HIS TALENTED ORGANIC VISION+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu

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