SJC, Art Project, 1941, Box 3


Third box has following written on it; DARDIS, ART, UOP, Streetcar.

The expiration date of this film was set at Sept 1941, so I’m pretty sure all these negatives were shot early 1941. Some signatures of the artist equally have ’41 or 1941 attached.

Although only designed for 12 negatives, Joel stashed 21 negatives in this box.

Like in the previous boxes, negatives of 2D and 3D work but also few more negatives of Morris Chapel construction and two negatives showing the basketball court.

We’ll start with showing 3 pieces of art by Maring, no further information available.

Untitled, Maring, SJC, 1941
Untitled, Maring, SJC, 1941
Untitled, Maring, SJC, 1941

The Street Car image below belongs to George Akimoto, by now no longer a strangers. There’s a lot of artwork from George in these negatives.

Street Car, George Akimoto, SJC, 1941

And the 4 negatives are also from George Akimoto.

Untitled, George Akimoto, SJC, 1941
Untitled, George Akimoto, SJC, 1941
Untitled, George Akimoto, SJC, 1941
Untitled, George Akimoto, SJC, 1941

For me it would be interesting to know if George made those pieces from life or if he used photographs or were these pure amalgamation of bits and pieces he picked up on the street. A few of these images are showing human action frozen in time.

There’s a fair amount of 3D represented in this box of negatives.

Wood Carvings, unidentified artist, SJC, 1941
3D Artwork, unidentified artist, SJC, 1941
Stylized winged figure, unidentified artist, SJC, 1941
Origami puppet, unidentified artist, SJC, 1941

We’ve seen the origami puppet with the rear mirror in a previous blog. This image though shows clearly the puppet is attached to an articulated beam. Interactive artwork.

Articulated origami puppet, unidentified artist, SJC, 1941

The above is by far the best negative on this subject, Joel struggled a bit capturing this in proper lighting. The reflective background doesn’t make this easy.

3D Artwork, unidentified artist, SJC, 1941
3D Artwork, unidentified artist, SJC, 1941
3D Artwork, unidentified artist, SJC, 1941

In between all this photographing of artwork, Joel found time to explore some architectural options.

UOP basketball court, 1941, players unidentified.
UOP basketball court, ceiling, 1941

The geometric shapes formed by the beams supporting the roof are indeed an interesting subject.

I was a bit surprised to find more Morris Chapel construction images, these are actually earlier than the “almost completed” image from previous blog. This must have been in early 1941.

Morris Chapel, UOP, early 1941

The spire is not even started yet and there are leaves on the trees. It is equally clear that Covell Hall was not even built yet. So the search for Joel’s tripod holes continues.

Morris Chapel, UOP, early 1941

It’s clear Joel didn’t have a lens covering the whole building from his unobstructed vantage point.

All above negatives were shot on Eastman (Kodak) Safety film. The non-art images of previous blog were photographed on Agfa Safety film, suggesting a slightly different (later ?) timeframe.

One more box from this art project to go through.

Cheers !


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