Constructing Movements in Art and Design Week 5 – Constructivism and Suprematism

This week in Constellation we were looking into the workings of Constructivism and Suprematism, both of which are Russian avant-garde movements. I found both of these movements to be quite interesting in their ideas, the way that they explored the use of colour and materials. what was really good about this lecture was that we explored the main leader of each movements, comparing their work and seeing how the artwork of these two artist embodied the spirits of each movements.

Malevich, whose work was based mainly around colour, was the artist most associated with Suprematism. he explored the relationship between the world and objects; trying to emphasise the basics of picture making while literally adding things from the actual world. As Malevich became more interested in the basics of form and colour, his work started to become much more abstract. He played with the idea of the zero point of paintings, which is the point where the world if no longer visible with the artwork. within these works, colour reign supreme.

Taltin’s work was almost the opposite of Malevich. He worked with materials, exploring sculpture and the boundaries of frames.  His work was considered revolutionary, because before this point, sculpture was mainly bound up in the showing of the human figure, Tatlin challenged this and brought in sculpture that was based around abstraction. Constructivism focused on three main areas; Tectonics / Factura / Construction.

This is the first time I’ve looked at artwork specifically relating to sculpture, and I find it refreshing to export the world of sculpture I find it interesting that the types of materials used within Tatlin sculptures are hard an angular, industrial materials, which perhaps reflects the society and the culture in which they were created. it as a time of huge upheaval, and this was reflected in the work that was created,. as with all art movements it was relating to what was happening around it, pushing boundaries, thriving. I like constructivism because of the inventiveness of what they created and how they went against the norm.


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