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ABSTRACTION

Sec 1 AEP Term 3 Abstraction SOVA+Studio
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Chong Chia Hwei

on 26 July 2013

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Transcript of ABSTRACTION

What does it make you wonder?
WONDER
Jackson Pollock, 'Autumn Rhythm (Number 30),' 1950
Enamel on canvas, 266.7 x 525.8 cm
Abstraction
as a
theme

What happens to subject matter?
it disappears...
or at the very least, gets distorted,
abstracted.
Overview:
1. 'Action Painting'
2. Exposure to Abstract Artists
3. Zoom in to Kandinsky: Describe and Compare
ACT!ON PA!NT!NG
it's going to get messy.
Directions:
1. One person plays at any one time
2. At your turn, you will be given an 'action card'
3. Follow that action and paint something on the paper
4. Proceed to the back of the line and watch your classmates play!
how was the experience??
describe your thought process when you received an 'action'
what effect did your 'action' have on the painting?
if you could do anything differently, what would you do?
ABSTRACT
ARTISTS
Jackson Pollock
Piet Mondrian
Wassily Kandinsky
Jackson Pollock, 'Number 32,' 1950
Enamel on canvas, 457.5 x 269 cm
American, 1912-1956
A spectrum of 'abstraction'
PURE
FIGURATIVE
FAUVISM
CUBISM
abstract expressionism
de stijl
blaue reiter
zoom in to
Wassily Kandinsky
most prominent member of the movement Abstract Expressionism
pioneered his own style of 'action painting,' described as 'all-overness,' 'drip paintings,' 'floor paintings'
the colours he used were often muted and dull
used enamel 'household' paints, and applied them with sticks, hardened brushes, or even directly from the can
Jackson Pollock, 'Number 1 (Lavender Mist),' 1950
Enamel on Canvas, 221 x 300 cm
Dutch, 1872-1944
Piet Mondrian, 'Self-Portrait,' 1900
Oil on canvas, 50.4 x 39.7 cm
Piet Mondrian, 'Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue,' 1937-1942
Oil on canvas, 72.5 x 69 cm
Piet Mondrian, 'Broadway Boogie-Woogie,' 1942-1943
Oil on canvas, 127 x 127 cm
founding member of 'De Stijl,' a Dutch art movement meaning 'The Style'
his paintings were deeply rooted in his spiritual pursuits; to him, horizontal and vertical lines and the basic colours of
red,

yellow,

blue,

black
and
white
were key to achieving harmony, rhythm and purity
Compare Mondrian's paintings to Pollock's.
Name one and one
SIMILARITY
DIFFERENCE.
"How to
avoid monotony and emptiness,
how to
create variety out of unity,
how to
create new forms
out of basic material, how much can be achieved by slight modifications if not by
developing variation
out of often rather
insignificant little formulations.
"
born in Russia, moved to Germany, and finally to France
1866-1944
founder of 'Der Blaue Reiter' (The Blue Rider) artist group with his friend Franz Marc, named so because both artists loved the color blue, and saw the symbol of a rider as representing the forward-looking dynamism of new art.
Wassily Kandinsky, 'Blue Rider,' 1903
Oil on canvas, 55 x 65 cm
his compositions of lines and flat geometric shapes express his belief in using basic elements of art to bring out the essence of music
music
&
art
Wassily Kandinsky, 'Composition VI,' 1913
Oil on canvas, 195 x 300 cm
Wassily Kandinsky, 'Dominant Curve,' 1936
Oil on canvas, 129.3 x 194.3 cm
SEE
THINK
What do you see?
What does this make you think about?
Wassily Kandinsky:
written assignment
2 paintings
Choose which one to do Q1 on
Do Q2 on the other painting
Q3 Personal Response:
I used to think...
But now I think...
SEE
THINK
WONDER
Realism
Neo-Classicism
Conclusion
Abstraction as a
theme
abstract expressionism (Pollock)
de stijl
(Mondrian)
blaue reiter
(Kandinsky)
each of these movements and artists explored pushing the boundaries of subject matter to convey actions, ideas, and emotions
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