Tuesday, 31 January 2012

We Like These: The Aesthetics of the Russian Constructivists

Alexander Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, Naum Gabo, Kazimir Malevich and El Lissitzky (or 'El' as he is known around here) are just a few of our many design heroes and heroines. They are synonymous with a style of art & design known as 'constructivism'

It's wonderful that an idealistic art that was forged in the heat of a genuine revolution (Russian) and was designed 'for the people by the people', still echoes on down the decades. It feels as 'modern' today as it did when it was first produced nearly one hundred years ago.

Our only regret is that it's no longer used to induce the workers to increase wheat production or warn of the dangers of the decadent, bourgeois capitalist system....

Here are two 'modern' takes on that dynamic, angular aesthetic pioneered by the Constructivist Artists and Designers all those years ago.

Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out by stevanhogg


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