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Advice to a Young Artist

Jul 1, 2001 • Posted in Uncategorized • 3 Comments

In painting a mountain, one paints oneself as the mountain. The painting is a bridging between the real world and the world of spirit. We are in essence all things, our art makes that connection visible. Trying to be creative or original is very confusing. If it is something new, it is to the degree we reach the truth of the mountain and ourselves: always a new place, a mystery, possessing endless meanings and approaches.

Advice to a Young Artist, drawing by James HubbellThere is no division from us and any of the world we live in, the good or bad, the large or small. This is true of time and space, shadow and light, and ourselves and the God. They are us….we are them, each is important. What we build cannot be separated from any part of life. Read the rest of this entry »

About Art

Jan 1, 2001 • Posted in Uncategorized • 2 Comments

I believe there is a central hunger in society now. It is the desire to put the world back together into a whole…and for us to be part of that whole. If art and architecture are the continuous search of humanity to find its ever-changing place in the universe, then art and architecture need to lead in the search to rediscover our spirit, a spirit that is comfortable in this our world.

About Art, drawing by James HubbellOne of the primary reasons for art is to place contemporary culture in the present, to help us be connected psychologically, emotionally and spiritually to the world we really live in. Art has been a way to bring into being what was sacred to us, our gods and goddesses, our inner fears and hopes. The art object is a step toward understanding.

The artist’s role is to make that inner world physical by constantly reevaluating the rituals and patterns of our connections to life. If we can evolve inwardly, then we can deal effectively with an ever-changing world. Read the rest of this entry »

Organic Architecture

Jan 1, 2001 • Posted in Uncategorized • 2 Comments

Organic Architecture, drawing by James HubbellThe term “Organic Architecture” is often used to describe buildings that have curved lines. I believe it is a helpful phrase, but often too vaguely applied.

Organic Architecture should not be understood as an argument between the classic and the romantic or between the straight line and the curved. The mind and the emotions need not be at war. The designer works in the organic mode when his mind leans more toward the process inherent in nature, and less on rational, idea driven design. Read the rest of this entry »

In Search of the Seed: On Designing

Jan 1, 2001 • Posted in Uncategorized • Leave a Comment

The adventure of courting a building is a search for the unique seed of a particular design project, the essence or feel of the building. This beginning of the design grows out of a great deal of information: site, weather, legal and other restrictions, client, history of the site, material, and my own feeling that a certain building is there waiting to be born. The building starts as an impression in the back of the mind about shadow, shapes, walls and typical openings. Gradually, through patient steps, first with very small sketches, then a small-scale clay model, enlarging the scale and becoming familiar with the inside and outside of the building: a lot of watching and listening, the building takes form. The material used for making the model predetermines a lot of the design. Read the rest of this entry »

On Sustainability

Jan 1, 2001 • Posted in Uncategorized • 2 Comments

The word “sustainability” has become fashionable in our world. It is a necessary goal if our society is to continue, but what does it mean? Is sustainability a technological problem, a social problem, a spiritual problem, or is it a combination of all of them and more? How do you make a whole out of many complicated needs?

Underground City drawing by James HubbellThe best examples of sustainability in nature and past cultures include a profound sensitivity to surroundings both large and small, and the elegant, beautiful, relationships between a particular world and the entire ecological system.
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