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THE BATTLE FOR MODeRN 1923

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This weekend I was at the Guggenheim where I saw the Moholy-Nagy show – and since I’d never encountered his work before, my first reaction was:
 

Pretty crazy that he did all this during the early 1900s!

László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) originally studied to be a lawyer, then during the First World War, he started sketching – and that led him to pursuing art; but he didn’t just stick to one medium.

He experimented in – and with – everything; inventing new approaches, new technologies and processes at a time when abstract art was condemned by the authorities – one more thing that sucked about Adolf Hitler.

Seen Interstellar? Moholy-Nagy’s fingerprints (influences, actually) are all over Christopher Nolan’s movie – but going farther back, Moholy-Nagy’s own film effects debut was in Things To Come (1936), tho most of his work ended up on the cutting room floor (or as extras on the DVD).

Moholy-Nagy also influenced FLOMM, of course – in both game and education. In architecture, the NYTimes even suggests that the Guggenheim museum itself was built to complement Moholy-Nagy’s work. It all fits well within Frank Lloyd Wright’s modernist spiral

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Starting out, though, I like dark stuff so I gravitated towards these …

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László Moholy-Nagy, Photograms, 1920s

Lots to process = lots of reading: Moholy-Nagy’s camera-less photograms take into account composition, space and form. I thought of my own work, experimenting with fax paper.

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Paintings.

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Moholy-Nagy was all about LIGHT – how we see and perceive things around us. How light illuminates, or projects. This even reflects in how he’d paint, use colour, and build.

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László Moholy-Nagy, Light Prop for an Electric Stage (replica), 1930

Also known as The Light-Space Modulator – years before the ‘the pew 38’ version.


Lás­zló Moholy-Nagy, A Lightplay: Black White Gray, circa 1926

His film on light play was amazing (above), Again, pretty crazy he did all this so long ago.

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This was in front of the light play film.
 

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It was all so cool I had to get a shirt.

Here’s the catalogue.

Moholy-Nagy: Future Present runs thru 7 September 2016 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. THEN, it’ll be at the Art Institute of Chicago 2 October 2016 thru 3 January 2017; and at LACMA 12 February thru 18 June 2017.

 

—kylie jackson

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Flommist Kylie Jackson is an ingenue, model, student, artist, and DJ. Copyright © 2016 Kylie Jackson. FLomm ‘fotoplastique’ image of Kylie (up top) crafted by mehallo, Kylie photographed by David and Tanya Brown.


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Der Tung
Posted
Tue 31 May 2016

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