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|Malevich and his Architectons|
Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) was a Soviet artist associated with the Constructivist movement.
He is principally known (at least to me) as the founder of an art style known as Suprematism.
Suprematism was meant to refer to the idea of a "supremacy of pure feeling or perception in the pictorial arts."
Suprematism although short lived was a fascinating and ultimately patently influencial style. For the first time
it formed a systematic kind of abstract art. Typified by paintings like his Black Square on White, these paintings
were non-objective. They rejected any idea about representation by not only rejecting typictal styles of representation
but also by rejecting the idea that a painting should be of anything. The Black Square is not a painting of a black square
it IS a black square. Suprematism was a supremacy of forms.
Within his suprematist work, Malevich developed a clear vocabulary of rectangles, triangles and circles. Often in bright and shocking colors these forms would hover against a white background.
From 1923 to 1928, Malevich produced a series of plaster sculptures that he referred to as Architectons. These sculptures are compositions of white ceramic blocks and represent imaginary buildings. The architectons always feature a large rectangular block to which other smaller blocks or surfaces connect. In some ways these works can be seen as a three-dimensional application of suprematism.
|Project Description and Grammar Rules|
One of the most striking of Malevich's Architectons is one titled "Gota1" which features a clearly recursive kind of logic in the ordering of the pieces. For my project I have chosen to write a shape grammar that produces towers in this fashion.