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Ornament and Abstraction

Thanks Kerri, I found your selected reading inspiring, less for the discussion of ornament as a bridge between cultures than the linking of textiles and painting. My interest began upon the introduction of the Mask of Shene-Malula and how “the reversal of the black and white value…indicates a change in identity.” It’s link with Paul Klee’s integration of an “extremely reduced pictorial language with the visible material quality of the support [and how] an intensive dialogue develops between the motif and the support, which is constantly varied (he used linen, burlap, packing paper).”

I enjoyed the discussion of Anni Albers weaving and the point concerning “the dual principle of warp and weft that is typical of textiles…” giving figure and ground equal weight. It invokes contemplation of the canvas as woven fabric or constructed form and the possibility of subtle variables. Ding Yi linking scroll painting and an evocation of fabric is another subtle twist to the simplicity and power of the language of materials and the binary (figure/ground) relationship.

Vanessa

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April 19, 2009 - Posted by | reading group |

2 Comments »

  1. The automatically generated related post; Textiles in Painting- is the first one of these I’ve seen on the blog that looks really relevant.

    Comment by Vivienne | April 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Oh, the related posts don’t always appear! Wish I’d kept the Url.
    Got it the next time I opened the site;

    Comment by Vivienne | April 27, 2009 | Reply


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