Stumbling upon the Klasema Art Collection is like stumbling upon a treasure trove, an encyclopedia of modernist art. All abstract and predominately geometric in nature – the collection as a whole is fascinating and inspiring in its vision while remaining accessible and educational in its overall approach.
The movement in art history, Neo-Plasticism/De Stijl (The Style), was developed by the duo Piet Mondrian and Theo Van Doesburg (1917-1928). Characterized by the strict use of primary colors, in addition to black, white and greys and the addition of horizontal and vertical lines – the movement has influenced art and design culture for decades to come.
Unfamiliar pairings of materials, vivid pattern with borrowed and reissued design esthetics Ettore Sottsass set out to redefine what was thought of as “Popular Design” by going against everything that was popular at the time (1981-1988). Dennis Zanone of Memphis, Tennessee shares his love and passion for the now dismantled movement and let’s us peer into his home and world-class collection.
Conceptually, Ethan Stern calls into question how we perceive and interact with the qualities of form, texture and light. His answer to that call involves combining the three and presenting us with these expressive translations in glass.
Typically, when one thinks of wood, the mind does not wander into the realm of sensual, curvaceous lines – certainly not an element for bending and molding. This is not the case when exploring the world of the bentwood chair. Here we have a brief survey of this chair’s history and future – and plenty of photos.
February 21, 2012 in Visual Art
Wade through the graphic visual creations of experimental graphic artist Jan Piasek from Berlin. Simultaneously borrowing imagery from the past – and what seems like the future – Piasek draws the viewer into the depths of a story line that seem to be part political study and part dystopic vision of our future.
As Americans have no true lineage in glass, we had to learn first through trial and error. Then we pushed forward by absorbing the techniques and approaches from other countries long-standing glass traditions, such as the Czech Republic, Italy, German, and England.
Sturdy, architectural, near limitless possibilities in design – explore the concept of the wire chair from its mid 20th century mass-production to its future conceptual designs. The chair has captured the imagination of engineering minds throughout time – here we take a brief tour of where this object made entirely out of metal wire gained popularity, their present and their future.
This story begins in the early 1950’s with a healthy dose of American grit. Like so many millennials today, Pearsall decided to leave a stagnate position in the field of his professional training (architecture) and try his own thing.
January 12, 2012 in Visual Art
The paintings of Harold Hollingsworth are characterized by colorful graphics, rich surfaces and rhythmic playfulness. He credits popular culture as the strongest influence on his work – music, media, art and architecture. In the past, he has used familiar images such as classic croquet balls, vintage modern fonts and numbers, crossed with natural forms found in nature.