Josef Albers: Despite Straight Lines; an Analysis of His Graphic Constructions

Josef Albers: Despite Straight Lines; an Analysis of His Graphic Constructions

Josef Albers: Despite Straight Lines; an Analysis of His Graphic Constructions

Josef Albers: Despite Straight Lines; an Analysis of His Graphic Constructions

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Geometric shapes compel certain emotional reactions because we interpret them through a projection of the energies acting upon our bodies. A rectangle on its long side will rest . Standing it will suggest vertical motion or at least have an upright impact. A triangle balanced on its point will give the impression of unstable equilibrium. The forms which Albers uses frequently possess a neutral Platonic perfection until they are set off against one another. Then they grow tense, lose their rational and static perfection, and become dynamic. Relative to one another they escape into irrational spatial systems until -- held together by larger forms -- they are compressed back into an ever-changing stability. Their stability is change. In a series of statements,Albers characterized his 'Graphic-tectonic' lithographs as

stable yet dynamic,
flat yet deep,
uncolored yet colorful,
simple yet complex.

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