October 29 – December 5 at The Sea Ranch Lodge
From October 29 – December 5, Bobbie’s new Supergraphic Land(e)scape and her latest art collection will be on view at The Sea Ranch Lodge — the place where she first started in the 1960s. Her new works on paper being displayed in the Lodge are a continuation of Bobbie’s exploration of language. Having studied lettering with Armin Hoffman in Switzerland and the philosophy of language with John Searle at Berkeley, Bobbie is constantly trying to tease apart the relationship between form and meaning, sometimes breaking them into illegibility and other times creating a visual onomatopoeia, words that come to resemble the thing they signify. Across nearly two dozen textual drawings (all on 8.5×11 letter paper) she creates a halting and inquisitive verbal barrage.
Bobbie’s Supergraphic named Land(e)scape will span the walls of the new Bar and Lounge at The Sea Ranch Lodge and be art you can walk into. Inspired by the sea outside at night, when guests go from walking into the lobby to having a drink at the bar, they will be surrounded by her painting. As with all Supergraphics, the piece is generated in response to the parameters of the space. In this case, the primary guides are the upper clearstory windows and the bar overhang. The proportions and angles of the lines relate to the windows and their corners while also implying raking shafts of colored light spilling down and radiating up from the windows, drawing the outside in while also wrapping around the bends of the room. (Sketches are in the image gallery)
About Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon (b.1929 in San Francisco) has worked as an artist, designer, and landscape architect across eight decades. Best known for her invention of Supergraphics in the 1960’s, her iconic style of mixing Swiss Modernism and West Coast Pop, pioneered the look of the California Cool — an important moment in graphic design history. She has also shown her paintings and drawings widely and is represented in the permanent collections of MoMA, LACMA, The Walker Art Center, and many more. Additionally, she has published eight books with a ninth forthcoming.