As a child, objects in the house stand out most in my historical and material imagination. My parents were in their early 20s during the 1970s, and very cool. On a shoestring budget, they put together a home filled mostly with love, but also hippie-modern pieces that became objects of some fascination: a leopard carved into a gourd, spinning on a metal rod atop a teakwood block; a heavily-textured wall tapestry hanging above the fire place; the metal knobs on my father’s Pioneer hi-fi.
So, now its time to think about the objects that will be a part of my own children’s imagination. This is the fun part of building a house into a home – looking for things that make the space interesting, and ultimately – ours.
I went over to Ron’s place (of Objects USA) to look over a few things that that I was considering on our dwindling decorating budget. I found a vintage Paolo Soleri bell for our front porch and an unsigned sculpture in clay and wood from the late 1950s (see above). I eyed all the other things by notable San Diego and Bay Area artists with the future in mind. That will have to wait.
Elsewhere, we picked up an inexpensive 1950s abstract oil-on-canvas by Andrew Athan Tagaris, a Los Angeles painter who was involved with the California Art Club in the 50s and worked with a palette knife. We quite like it. Its holding the wall above the dining table until we can find something perhaps larger. But piece by piece, the house comes together with these small things. The children seem to be enjoying it.