Charles and Ray Eames were two very significant and prominent designers and aestheticians during the post-WWII era and into the waining years at the end of the 20th century. Charles and Ray Eames helped to clarify, through their design, the evolution of culture within the Post Modern world during the Age of Choices! Charles had a unique vision, supported and furthered by his spouse Ray, about creativity, self-expression, work ethic, and the process of making art. Charles was fond of saying:
“We work because it’s a chain reaction, each subject leads to the next…It is impossible to reconcile self-expression with the creative act…In architecture, the idea degenerated. The design allows a more direct and pleasurable route…Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose…The most important thing is that you love what you are doing, and the second that you are not afraid of where your next idea will lead.”
As you confront Art or Architecture Design in your studios this Fall 2020 semester, the Act of DOING is where the ART is thought/said to reside. Charles and Ray Eames felt Art not only resided in the quality of Doing but the Doing was also Functional! What are your thoughts on engaging in, developing and maintaining the Act of Doing?
Photograph of Charles and Ray Eames