When we first began designing patterns, one of the first pieces of art that came to my mind was Piet Mondrian’s Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow (1930):

While this piece of art doesn’t exactly exemplify the pattern work we’re doing in class (and isn’t exactly a pattern per se), it’s one of my favorite pieces of art. Similar to what we’ve been doing in class, Mondrian takes different shapes and arranges them together on a grid-based painting in different sizes and different colors to create a unified whole. Of course, when you break it down, this piece of art really isn’t that complex. However, something about the less-is-more approach appeals to me, along with the concept that you can create artwork that’s composed of extremely basic units, but create something more complex and interesting out of it (which is similar to what we’ve been doing with our basic shapes!) through basic manipulation of size and position.

It’s also cool what art can inspire; I don’t know that the  Schröder House was created with Mondrian’s artwork in mind, but it’s a really cool piece of architecture that reminds me of the piece of art: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rietveld_Schr%C3%B6der_House. This house was built in an attempt to create a more unified space, with moving walls that can create completely different spatial experiences through partitioning or un-partitioning rooms. Like Mondrian’s work, the house has relatively simple ornamentation and color schemes, but places them together in a unique way that creates a cohesive and rather awesome piece of architecture. Again, one of my favorite pieces of architecture.

I’m excited to see what everyone creates with their patterns in class Tuesday, hope everyone’s weekend has been productive!


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