Superheroes of modernity meet with Superheroes of pop culture.This series of five maquette sculptures seeks to establish a humorous conversation between early 20th century masters of art and design that shaped modernity, with contemporay icons of pop culture. It's all about interrelation and continuity. Materials used to make the pieces are: cardboard, wood, acrylic colours, sand, glitter, foamboard, printed paper, remodeled figurines (scale 1:50) & glue.
Photography by Michalis Dalanikas & Dimitris Polychroniadis.
- Planet Rietveld - Home at last
Were would Superman be without the De Stijl art movement? The 'Red/blue chair', designed in 1917 by Gerrit Rietveld is one of the most emblematic pieces of furniture design history. It represents one of the first explorations of De Stijl movement in three dimensions. The original design was in white, gray and black. Rietveld changed that, using primary colours, after coming in contact with the work of Piet Mondrian.
- Gaga faces the past
What would Lady Gaga's dress code look like without the Bauhaus? Herbert Bayer's cover for the book 'Staatliches Bauhaus, Weimar, 1919-1923' is an example of Bauhaus experiments in typography. Bayer's design,made while he was still a student, employs dramatic block-like lettering in bright red and blue against a black background. He manipulated the spacing of the letters so that each of the four lines of textis the same length. As a result, the title appears as a unified block of text, rather than just individual words. Stripped of all ornamental elements it initially caused an uproar among critics but had a far-reaching impact on the development of graphic design.
- No Primary Colours
How long can you live without any primary colours? In 1923 Wassily Kandinsky circulated a questionnaire at the Bauhaus, asking respondents to fill in a triangle, square, and circle with the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue. He hoped to discover a universal correspondence between form and color, embodied in the equation red=square, yellow=triangle, blue=circle. The equation of yellow triangle, red square, and blue circle inspired numerous projects at the Bauhaus in the early 1920's and had a long lasting effect on modernist architecture.
- Joker takes over Lenin's Tribune
Is really 'the will to power' the driving force? In1924, El Lissitzky (influenced by Tatlin's Monument to the Third International) sketched a special tribune to enable Lenin, the leader of the world proletariat, to make public addresses. Lenin died before the project was realized. The photograph with his hand overstretched was glued later to Lissitzky's drawing. The 'tribune’ immediately became an icon of the Russian avant-garde movement.
- Down with art. Long live agitational propaganda!
Gustav Klutsis made his 'Maquette for a Radio-announcer' in 1922. This was a design for a street-based loudspeaker to be placed at city intersections, to broadcast a speech by Lenin on the 5th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. As with other Russian constructivists, he sought to place art at the service of the new Socialist society and it's early ideals. He designed a series of -never realized- propaganda devices among which the piece named "Down with art. Long live agitational propaganda". Despite his active and loyal service to the party, Klutsis was arrested in Moscow on January 17, 1938. His fate remained unknown until 1989 when it was discovered that he had been executed nearly six weeks after the arrest.