Posted by Paul Malo on September 16, 2002 at 06:20:26:
In Reply to: Re: tradition and innovation posted by Kevin Matthews on September 15, 2002 at 20:04:27:
Aalto? He's a hard man to pin down--and that's much of his attraction. Wright became so Wrightian, trapped in his own polemical Wright-iousness, that his work became predictable and formulaic in later years. Celebrity tends to do this to artists, who begin to perform according to audience anticipations.
Aalto, however, remained totaly unpredictable, always surprising and fresh. It wasn't his stylistic consistency that identified his work so much as the idiosyncratic passion it evidenced. Formulas are dispassionate, although they may yield elegant finesse. Explorations of unfamiliar potentials require a more adventurous stance. If the results may be less sure and controlled, they may convey more vigor and enthusiasm.
What's the difference between, say, the highly competent work of Gordon Bunshaft (SOM) and Aalto? Aalto's work is ALIVE, today, while the polished mid-century corporate monuments by SOM are already period pieces.
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