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michael chang

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Transcript of mondiran

The Show is posited on the fundamental principle of geometery of the straight line, the square, and the rectangle, combined with a strong asymmetricality. the predominant use of pure primary colors with black and white: and the relationship between positive and negative elements in an arrangement of non-objective form and line. Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) Some Bio:
born a Netherlander (aka Dutch)
Mainly working in Holland in his youth, but later moved to Paris to expand his horizon. (In 1911, Mondrian moved to Paris and changed his name (dropping an 'a' from Mondriaan) to emphasize his departure from the Netherlands. From this point on, he signed his work as "Mondrian" A prolific writer on his own work as well as the movement called Neo-Plasticism.
Neo-Plasticism, is the belief that art should not be the reproduction of real objects, but the expression of the absolutes of life. To the artists way of thinking, the only absolutes of life were vertical and horizontal lines and the primary colors. To this end neoplasticisist only used planar elements and the colors red, yellow, and blue. The two main artists of the movement were Mondrian and his friend, Theo van Doesburg. They called themselves De Stijl:
De Stijl: a movement which sough after a new utopian ideal of spiritual harmony and order. The members advocate pure abstraction and universality by a reduction of essentials of form and colour; they simplified visial composition to the vertical and horizontal directions. Also the use of mostly primary colors along with black and white. There is distinct desire to ignore natural and representational elements and pushing for the ideal of higher reality (utopian).
Mondrian, himself
is a very private person. He is also very religious. A very serious person, as you can see in his studio: very dry, very no-joking-around. Consider an eccentric personality by peers and crtics. Paris and influences
cubism's concept back to Netherland...
into abstraction... back to Paris again in 1919 after world war . then to London and NY. Now his signiture style of black lines and color forms are mature,,, Composition No. II; Composition in Line and Color (1913)
Ocean 5 (1915)
Composition III with Color Planes (1917)
Composition with Color Planes and Gray Lines 1 (1918)
Composition with Gray and Light Brown (1918)
Composition with Grid VII (1919)
Composition: Checkerboard, Dark Colors (1919)
Composition A: Composition with Black, Red, Gray, Yellow, and Blue (1920)
Composition with Black, Red, Gray, Yellow, and Blue (1920) this also has to do with the technology progression of the 20th century. There is a sense of utopian ideal that things will last and always improve itself. Therefore man is completely seperated from nature. Man have triumphed over nature. what is left?
primary colors
black lines

horizonal lines Henry Moore's Stone
Also Han Sai Por
relationship to nature
hate is too strong a word,
but much more complicated.
Composition no II (composition with line and colour), 1913 Avond (Evening), Red Tree, 1908 Gray Tree, 1911 Modern architecture:

modern impluse to show "structure", and get rid of decoration, facade, and the non-essential things

in a way, Mondrian's modern paintings are
reduced to bones and structures, and elimating the
after World War 1, they looked forward to a new age in which machines eased the burden of life and lfe merged with art. De Stijl artists reduced reality to its most simple geometric components. (modern?) topics:
1.reduction from "reality"
2.vertical and horizontal lines
3.positive and negative space
4.why just "compositions"? Moore, not looking for modle, but looking at his stone

He did not want to make woman of stone but a stone which suggest a woman... Mies van der Rohe, Architect
Farnsworth House, USA Le Corbusier
Villa Savoye, Paris Eiffel Tower, Paris Composition with Large Blue Plane, Red Black, Yellow and Gray, 1921 Week 4
pizza? Post Museum, little india
July 14th opening
sculptures and stuff Frank Llyod Wright
Guggenheim Museum George Braque's
Papier colles
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