Gatsby, Gwen, Batman And Tulsa, All Things Art Deco By David Chronister

Art Deco is a form of modernism with its antecedent’s in the 1920’s. Art Deco(http://www.arthistory.net/artstyles/artdeco/artdeco1.html)  is my favorite art movement outside of the Warhol Pop Art movement, so naturally I had to dedicate an entire Blog Spot to it. Mostly it’s recognizable in architecture but its presence can be found in a myriad of sources. Take the two fonts above, The first is a quote from one of my favorite novels By F. Scott Fitz Gerald, set in the roaring twenties, a time of Jazz, Excess and Flapper Culture. Art Deco takes on this essence, a time of glamour and optimism, holding something back and at the same time showing off. Here are a few contemporary pieces I found that exemplify its spirits from www,jlfurniture.com, a few elements of Art Deco I adore is the play with geometrics, the use of natural products such as wood or brass and the impact of Gold or bright colors.

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One of the most famous Art Deco buildings in the world is the Chrystler of New York, I love the sunburst that embellish every window and turn on it. I love the mystical power simple design has, in just a few lines and patterns we have a touch of real magic just sitting there in the middle of the New York sky Line. Its something that is tangible and spiritual to me. That is the power of Art and Design.

The interior is nothing less, ornate chandelier’s and cool Sienna marble floors all in shades of yellow in their most glamorous tones, canary and amber; gold and copper:art_deco_lobby_chrysler_building_ny

From http://www.art.com, Print by Jorg Hackermann

From http://www.art.com, Print by Jorg Hackermann

Art Deco never really gets its due, although it seems to echo through out the decades, for example, take Gwen Stefani’s sophmoric solo project,The Sweet Escape, (outside her band NoDoubt), she happened to be in Italy filming her music video for her song  Cool,( off her debut solo-project L.A.M.B.), when inspiration struck in the simple form of a pink dress her bandmate(and ex-lover Tony Kanal) partner was wearing that reminded her of Michelle Pfeifer in Scarface, so enamoured with the look,  she used the glamour of the east coast from the 1970’s for album cover. Most people do not realize the resurgent of Art Deco in early 70’s glam but the style is undeniable, even in director Joseph Kahn’s interpretation of the cover art and the albums title track-The Sweet Escape.

(from Google images)

(from Google images)

(From http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/gwen-stefani/images/27210329/title/sweet-escape-music-video-screencap)(From http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/gwen-stefani/images/27210329/title/sweet-escape-music-video-screencap)

One of my earliest introductions to Art Deco was in a very unlikely place, in the early early 1990’s Tim Burton’s use of film noir for the first two Batman movies were the inspiration for artist Bruce Timm’s for the animated series, dubbed ‘Dark Deco’ by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm, the series was designed on black paper panels instead of the usual white to give the animation a darker aesthetic, winning four Emmy’s during it’s run on FOX kids.

(From google images)

(From google images)

All of the panels during the episodes give you an eerie feeling, as if the 1920’s had never stopped, all of the screen shots were minimalist and the color schemes dark, like the trouble ever looming for the cape crusader.

(from Google images)

(from Google images)

Here are a few vintage pieces from Art Deco’s Hey day:

(from google images)

(from google images)

I guess my Love for Art Deco could be that I grew up surrounded by it, being raised right here in the heart of Tulsa, Oklahoma, my city is one giant ode to the style:

(photo's by John Shoemaker fromhttp://www.topix.com/album/detail/tulsa/)

(photo’s by John Shoemaker fromhttp://www.topix.com/album/detail/tulsa/)

(photo's by John Shoemaker fromhttp://www.topix.com/album/detail/tulsa/)

(photo’s by John Shoemaker fromhttp://www.topix.com/album/detail/tulsa/)

(from ilovefiberart.blogspot.com)

(from ilovefiberart.blogspot.com)

(From www.preservation.org Boston Avenue united methodist church Tulsa oklahoma)

(From http://www.preservation.org Boston Avenue united methodist church Tulsa oklahoma)

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(Boston Avenue Methodist church from djbweblog.wordpress.com)

(Boston Avenue Methodist church from djbweblog.wordpress.com)

Most of these are MY favorite examples of the movement but the depth of Art Deco and Art Noeveau are Immortal. The style was considered modern and now almost a century later its luxury, glamour and expansiveness is still promising us that gold and marble future of our dreams.

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