Sunday, March 30, 2014

your turn #6

stein brianhoff

the emigrés: zwart, pineles, bass, lubalin, cassandre. mondrian & de stijl, 1940's women's lib: jenny on the job, etc.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

what's borderland?


hi class. FYI: our own, arh 346's leah brown, has her MFA show up. she got a nice review in the the miami new times
 My process is very much about trying to get a philosophical or scientific understanding of dreaming through the examination of my own dreams. Dreaming is really kind of lost on science right now, it's something that's very much unexplained, and yet it's something that we each do every night, regardless of how much we remember. I think it's kind of a borderland, and that's why I called the show 'Borderland' - it's this area between something that is real and something that is not real."
it sounds interesting, it looks good.

i plan to go see it. you should, if you can. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

your turn #5


expressionism, dada, surrealism, constructivism's color "filters," the lesson of BAUHAUS, neue typographie, "marks" as art, propaganda vs. advertisement, photomontage, lissitsky, tshichold, Die Wissenhoffsiedlung, the total designer: beal, binder, brodovitch, matter, graphic design as art, etc, etc,  

 what's on your mind?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

el lissitzky







lissitzky's entire career was laced with the belief that the artist could be an agent for change, later summarized with his edict, "zielbewußte Schaffen" (goal-oriented creation). he began his career illustrating yiddish children's books in an effort to promote jewish culture in russia, a country that was undergoing massive change at the time and that had just repealed its anti-semitic laws. 

over the years, he taught in a variety of positions, schools, and artistic media, spreading and exchanging ideas. he worked with malevich in heading the suprematist art group UNOVIS, when he developed a variant suprematist series of his own. in 1921 he took up a job as the russian cultural ambassador to weimar germany, working with and influencing important figures of the bauhaus.

some works by lissitzky.

BAUHAUS in architecture

in architecture, new objectivity,

haus am horn designed by george muche

a simple cubic design, utilizing steel and concrete in its construction. at the center of the house was a clerestory-lit living room, twenty-feet square, with specialized rooms surrounding it. this is how walter gropius described the design: "in each room, function is important, e.g. the kitchen is the most practical and simple of kitchens -- but it is not possible to use it as a dining room as well."

or bruno taut,
bruno taut's Onkel-Toms-Hütte, in Wilkistrasse
what's important is taut's modern flat roofs, access to sun, air and gardens, and generous amenities like gas, electric light, and bathrooms. critics on the political german right complained that these developments were too opulent for "simple people."

or else, the amazing Wissenhoffsiedlung!

the square implies the flatness, no ornamentation (after loos)

loos' rufer house, 1922
perhaps with the exception of this parthenon-like freeze (so the idea is still to atenuate the rigidness)... see the random arrangement of windows? the wall is a blank surface, a piece of paper for neue typographie 1- no central axis, 2- the "content" dictates the arrangement, 3- let's avoid "standard" solutions.



Thursday, March 6, 2014

Moving posters: Man With a Movie Camera



Vertov's Man With a Movie Camera was produced by the Ukrainian film studio VUFKU. It presents urban life in Ukraine and other Soviet cities. From dawn to dusk Soviet citizens are shown at work and at play, and interacting with the machinery of modern life. The film is famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invented, deployed or developed, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, animations, and a self-reflexive style (at one point it features a split screen tracking shot; the sides have opposite Dutch angles (WKPD).

Art for the people?



Vladimir Tatlin achieved fame as the architect who designed the huge Monument to the Third International, also known as Tatlin's Tower. Planned in 1920, the monument, was to be a tall tower in iron, glass and steel which would have dwarfed the Eiffel Tower (it was a third taller at 1,300 feet high). Inside the iron-and-steel structure of twin spirals, the design envisaged three building blocks, covered with glass windows, which would rotate at different speeds (the first one, a cube, once a year; the second one, a pyramid, once a month; the third one, a cylinder, once a day). High prices prevented Tatlin from executing the plan, and no building such as this was erected in his day.

40th secession exhibition poster, 1912

by Richard Harlfinger


what's unique about this design is the expressionist "S" enguls the lettering blocks within its rhythm. the letters are hand-drawn the design overwhelms any individual expressive quality. the weight of the negative space is expertly calibrated to strike a compact pulsing balance. this is both about abstraction and geometry. the organic motifs of the nouveau era have been left behind. the search for a universal language of form had begun.  

"This is the real point of this book. I want men and women to be able to think sex, fully, completely, honestly and cleanly. Even if we can't act sexually to our complete satisfaction, let us at least think sexually, complete and clear"*

Gerda Weneger, ?, 1920's
Gerda Weneger, ?, ca 1920's
Louis Icart, Retiring, 1920's
S. Sauvage, 1924
M. E. Philip, Heisser Tag, 1931

William Wallace, Fantazius, 1922

Blaine Mahlon, Venus Nova, 1939
For erotica bibliophiles, here.

Juxtapoz has a cool selection of contemporary artists doing erotica:

Into the Pit, by Pit
Olivia de Bernardinis (1948- )

Giuseppe Petrilli, backline #2

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The quote heading the post is from D. H. Lawrence's introduction to the privately printed unexpurgated Paris edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover: