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Spatial object


Sunday, April 21, 2019

At the Bauhaus exhibition

I found two works very intriguing. I don’t know why I was attracted to, but I had to force myself to look at them carefully. Since there was something exciting to see in their work, I am going to explain it a little bit here.

 

First one is [relief h] (1919) from Oskar Schlemmer.

It’s made from plaster and the surface has several different levels. There is a recognizable face in the middle and the rest are body parts separated in abstract shapes. Each part has different way of creating shape, and the way light and shadow appear is very beautiful. Roundness or that the only face has a different texture than others, every parts has its own feature , and still it harmonizes well as a whole.

 

 

The other one is [the Berlin chair] (1923) made by Gerrit Rietveld.

Simple yet bold, it makes me feel good to look at it. It also tickle my fancy and it’s like a feeling of playing with the blocks somehow. Surprisingly the impression of the chair changes completely depending on the angle. I liked the one looking from in front of, and to the right of it, toward the front.

 

 

 

Now I will take a look at their background.

Oskar Schlemmer (1888-1943)

Oskar Schlemmer was a German stage-set designer, choreographer, and teacher. He was pursuing the relationship between figure and space. Actually he himself joined the [triadic ballet] (1922) as a dancer and deepened his understanding for interaction between figure and space. Specifically about this [relief h], it’s a development from his paintings on the relief. He reduced some factors such as colors and shapes, and used white plaster, resulted in 3 dimensional effect on 2D surface. His exploration had focus in simplicity, abstractness, and space. As he was working on this abstract shapes of the relief combined with the wall surface, he made a big step by haptically thematizing the link with architecture.

Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964)

Gerrit Rietveld was a Dutch furniture designer and architect. He felt more freedom in exploration of idea when designing the furniture. About some of his chair designs, he tried to deduct conventional chair factors and find the way to express the aesthetic with only simple structure and linear lines. In the apt language of Rietveld, a chair should not be more complicated than a safety-pin.” Then dealing with the chair and space. As you can see from the picture below, the forms are considered to be continued to the surrounding space. Instead of a solitary finished angle that ends and close everything, smoothing away the construction by some degree of ornament, Rietveld has the lines and planes pass each other at nodal points. 

Also with playing the role of color, both room and furniture has dissolved into form and color, and their hierarchical relation has been eliminated.

 

 

From these two works, what I find interesting is that the object doesn’t complete within itself but unite with surroundings. It is connected. It completes with the space. Their approach to space, or their stance for challenge, I feel, is related to what I am looking for as a Rietveld Academie student.

As a premise, I want to explain what it indicates when I use the word “space” from now on. “Space” for me is not only the physicality of space, but it includes people inside, culture, common sense, habits and all to be space. In other words, environment. I feel these all things are as one space, and it influences on my mindset a lot. As a Rietveld student, I believe that the environment is suitable for exploration of space like these two designers. I couldn’t go further beyond my limitation due to my personality and environment. I wanted to go beyond those border, but didn’t know how, which means I was making the same movements within the space.

 

Let me put this into an image.

For the right one, the lines are organic texture, and arranged in a way that entire thing can be harmonized. It is hard to go out to the white empty space. On the other hand (left one), this line is drawn clearly and composed unsymmetrically. In addition, the end of line cannot be seen here and it continues outside the frame. It’s like intercepting the space boldly.

 

Suppose what is reflected on art works is how I see, think and understand things, then I see the possibility to explore my new way of living by breaking my convention through making art. The word “environment” is not enough to describe this concept. This physical part, tangible part of space seems to embody intangible parts. If it is connected, by pursuing things beyond my border in physical space, I can also explore the intangible part of feelings and reaction to society. Studying their attempts to interpret space will be the main motivation for my purpose in staying at the Rietveld Academie to search for my way of living.

Im feeling


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Romantic                                                                                                                  Young

                                 Super cool             Naive                               Dominant

        Glacial

          Sneaky

                 Punk                                        Plastic

           Hidden                                        Oversized                                                  Old

         Removable                                                            Fragile

        Bloody                                                                    Revolutionary                                   Immaterial                                                    Pink                                                                      Homeless

     Small

                    Heavy                                         White                              Monumental                                                     Attracted                                                                Blank

              Tiny                                                                                       On-time               Slow

                  Eatable

                     Dreamlike

    Old-fashioned                                                                     Evil                      Digital                          Tijdloos                                                 Shiny

     Superficial

          Material                                                                       Playful                                             Basic                                                      Sorry                                                     Smoking

                                 Temporary

    Joyfull                                                                    Mad                                          Simple

            Grey

                      Porcelain                          Content                                    Extraordinary                                                          Insecure

      Sublime

         Ice-cold                                                    Dew

                    Unseen                             Stuck

                                                                Adaptable

   Cross                                                    Fluffy       Childish                             Primal                        Tacky

        Blue                                                                     Cliché

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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