Project 3- Visual Hierarchy: Using Mondrian as a Resource
For this project, each student was asked to choose a painting by Piet Mondrian on which they would base their concept. My painting was entitled Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow, but my professor and I took to affectionately calling it “The Big Red Square.” We first diagrammed the painting to pull out important elements such as the datum (in this case, the two black lines), proportion, scale, hierarchy, etc. Then, using these diagrams, we were to develop “rules” the painting embodied and had to use these rules to envision the other five sides of the cube that this painting could create. This project proved difficult for me because I found myself stuck in one mindset. My first four study models simply extruded the “Big Red Square” into a “Big Red Cube.” About one week before the due date I found myself shifting my thought process. Although proportion and balance in the painting formed one large, red square with a smaller blue square opposite, flanked by areas of void, it was too overpowering to create solid forms on all sides. Instead, my final concept was to re-create the balance and relative proportions of the painting on all five other sides by using mostly color and limited form. As a result, each face of the model echoes the painting in its proportion, hierarchy, and balance.
1) Drawing composition (from left): axonometric, orthogonal views, six diagrams of painting coupled with six diagrams of model.
2) Study models (first row: left to right, then second row: left to right)
3) Close-up axonometric
4) Close-up drawing compositions
5 through 8) Final model from multiple elevations