Quest For Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon
This is a 3:50 version of the original 6:30 video loop featured in the exhibition Quest For Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon organized by the Portland Art Museum and curated by Randy Gragg.
Largely self taught, and working independently, no architect has influenced Oregon so broadly as John Yeon. A planner, conservationist, historic preservationist, art collector, and urban activist, as well as one of the state's most gifted architectural designers, Yeon was one of the progenitors of the Northwest Regional Style of architecture, with his Watzek House being the prime example. He also stands among the region's most influential conservationists, working to preserve some of the Northwest’s most treasured vistas—the Columbia River Gorge, Ecola State Park on the Oregon Coast, and Olympic National Park.
A major part of the exhibition, this video records the changing seasons at The Shire, a 78-acre work of landscape design by Yeon in the Columbia River Gorge. Sitting directly across the river from Multnomah Falls, it employs the theory of 'captured views,' incorporating the Falls and basalt cliffs into the design of the pastoral, semi-wild space.