Saturday, March 3, 2012

Alexsandr Rodchenko

In Arts & Ideas, there is a passage on modernist artist-photographer, Alexsandr Rodchenko. The book reads that his photographs were purposefully taken at odd and unsettling angles so that the viewer had to think about the image to discern its true form and underlying meaning. He did this so that his viewers could not be "passive recipients" of his art form. I would like to point out that I think Alexsandr Rodchenko made his art the way he did for people like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that are very obedient and passive people... in fact I think that a lot of the art in the modern and post-modern period that we are studying was made to provoke passive people  between the World Wars.

1 comment:

Shaina Lu said...

I like your idea about jolting passive people like Ros and Guil. In a much different Mary Catallo's art pieces remind me of Rodchenko. Her pieces also provoke viewers to keep looking because of her use of underlying meaning of very disturbing images. For example the piece she is working on now is a girl taking her face off like a mask and you see like strands of flesh and the skull beneath. It's pretty intense and just gross, but it really makes you want to look. Her artwork is awesome, everyone should check it out!