“What is the first piece that comes to mind when you think about the words ‘modern or contemporary art’? ”
This was the question that I put out to my friends and surrounding Los Angelinos this past month in my attempt to create a 10 piece collection for the “Modern/Contemporary Art” section for the 10x10x10 project.
More than anything, people said:
1. Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn”
2. Picassso’s “Still Life with Guitar”
3. Mondrian’s “Composition Series.
This to me, makes perfect sense. Even saying the word “MONDRIAN”, your mind suddenly flashes into a geometric ballet of lines that criss cross against your pupils.
Personally, when I close my eyes, I too, see Mondrian in my mind, swimming in a sea of straight lines through hot and cool cubes into mind flattening white sectioned off emptiness. It is a mathematical precision that speaks of logic and harmony, and at times, to myself,.. of isolation. The point to this piece, and all pieces of this chapter is to not only recreate in homage of these artists, but ultimately understand the direction of its creation, and in turn tell a little history about the piece and why it happened.