The theme for this edition of the hop is 1 + 1 = 3
I have to admit I was somewhat stumped by this theme. The concept is from Josef Albers, who highlights how two graphic elements positioned close to each other may create additional graphical elements and active negative space. I am always appreciative of negative space. But it could also mean other things -- a mathematical absurdity (you did know the answer to the equation above is incorrect, right? ;)) or the fact that society may be greater than the sum of the individuals who make it up. I thought and thought, and decided to take the theme a little differently. I took one painting and interpreted it in a small quilt. And then I took that quilt and abstracted it further. And finally, I took the second quilt and abstracted it further. So three degrees of abstraction from one inspiration piece.
Abstract enough for you?
I love the work of Josef Albers, and since Alida had mentioned him in her description of the theme, I decided to use one his paintings as my starting point. Albers is best known as an abstract artist and color theorist. But he was also a printmaker, poet, photographer, educator and typographer. He came to the US in 1933 from Germany and taught at Yale. His book, The Interaction of Color, has been in print since 1963. I have a copy of the 1971 edition, and if you don't have it (any edition will do), it is worth seeking out. His work and his use of color are very recognizable and his color theory is very interesting.
I chose "Variant: 4 Reds Around Blue," 1948.
Which, as I gazed at it, presented the questions "How do you abstract something that has already been simplified to it's basic elements? How do you abstract an abstraction?"
I try very hard every month to use the inspiration piece as just that, inspiration. I have no desire to copy a painting or sculpture in fabric. Rather, I try to use it as a starting point. So I made a few sketches and came up with this piece.
|Albers #1, 17"w x 22"h|
|Albers #2, 17"w x 28"h|
|Albers #3, 24" x 24"|
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