spatial composition no. 2

V.H, 2009. Acrylic on multiple canvases and balsa wood, 28-7/10″ x 22-8/10″

Original available for purchase

The opposing theories of Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931), and J.J Oud (1980-1963) perpetuated an unresolved tension within the 20th century movement, De Stijl. At the center of this tension laid questions as to how art, life, and architecture were to be unified within a neo-plastic/De Stijl conceptual framework. One of Mondrian’s concerns was the translation of his mature neo-plasticism in painting, which existed on a two-dimensional place, to one that is three-dimensional. One of the many means by which Mondrian attempted to explain and resolve this issue was to image the experience of three-dimensional architecture as a progression of experiences of multiple two-dimensional places. Spatial Composition No.2 seeks to explore this particular argument, not relating to architecture, but as an alternate solution as to how neo-plasticism may manifest itself in three-dimensions. It re-creates Mondrian’s experience of the third dimension by utilizing the juxtaposition of multiple two-dimensional planes and lines, which blur the boundary between painting and sculpture.