Jan 27, 2011
I must me getting old because the first thing I noticed about the attached shot was the mat!
Found it at an interesting site called "The Magic Bus"
Lots of great photos there.
I figured you would want this one for your collection.
I hope you are well,
Jan 23, 2011
Went to a museum (the MoMa in NYC) the other day. While browsing on the fifth floor I stumbled upon this object. "Surf/fin/board shape!!" is what came into my mind immediatly.
Thought, you might enjoy it, too.
Have good day!
Constantin Brancusi (French, born Romania. 1876-1957)
Blue-gray marble 21 x 71 x 5 1/2", on three-part pedestal of one marble 5 1/8" high, and two limestone cylinders 13" high and 11" high x 32 1/8" diameter at widest point.
Less an image of a fish than an embodiment of the idea of one, Fish conjures the animal's liquid course by simplifying details like fin and scale, tail and head, into smooth streamline. ("Simplicity," Brancusi believed, "is not an end in art, but we usually arrive at simplicity as we approach the true sense of things.") The material too contributes: a blue-gray marble veined with flecks of flowing white, its surface intimates both movement through water and moving water itself.
Brancusi was fascinated by animals, and believed in the primacy of animal consciousness. In reducing animals to elemental shapes, he felt he was approaching the essence of nature. Also, like a number of European artists of his period, he was excited by art from outside the classical tradition so influential in Western aesthetics. The art of Africa, Native America, and the Pacific, and also the art of prehistory (including Cycladic sculpture, a particular influence on Brancusi), took imaginative liberties with human and animal bodies, alternately exaggerating, attenuating, and eliminating their features. These examples liberated Brancusi and others in their treatment of form.
By the time he made Fish, in fact, Brancusi seems almost to have left form behind altogether, for something more incorporeal: what he described as the fish's "speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water . . . the flash of its spirit."
Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
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Jan 12, 2011
Just wanted to shoot you a quick thanks for The Fourth Gear Flyer surf mat you made.
The mat was a christmas gift for my girlfriend this year. We took it with us to Ecuador for two weeks and we just got back. My girlfriend said there was no reason to bring the mat, the handboards, or the fins as I we packed to go away. When we got there and the surf was weak and small, she was more than thrilled we had brought them along. We scored tons of time in the water and all in all we never saw a flat day.
I included a shot of her stoked on the mat. Also I got to thank Jeremy from eastendsurf.com for helping get me the mat to give to her.
Justin and Stephanie
Jan 11, 2011
Florian passed on your email. Happy New Year to you.
I came across this pic of eden ahbez and his wife with a mat on the beach somewhere in 1948 or so. Could be Malibu as he hung out at the Lake Shrine. It came from here...
The second pic is from my trip to Baja with my brother Tim and the Kurth brothers from San Diego. Camped at this lonely point break about halfway down. Rode my Classic all week while the bros rode their Pneumatics. It was awesome.
The third pic was another peak inside called the Chili Bowl. Kinda mushy for boards but mat heaven. No pics but there's a video I'll send over later when I find it.
Best to you!
Jan 5, 2011
Got a few days off in Singapore and pressed right on to Berawa Beach SW coast of Bali.
Never been here, but now I know why most want to come back.
Blown out afternoon surf caught on my iPhone to make things worse. Glass in the morning and evening, though. Lots of practice and fun on the mats!
Cheers from The Waroeng,
Tom (from Germany)