Construction

»We want to invent ourselves according to new patterns, plans, systems; we want to build in a way that all elements of nature merge with the human being, in order to create a single, all-powerful picture. For this purpose, the economic principle leads us onto its path where it gathers and unifies all the living beings that were dispersed, separated, and isolated. Each person, each formerly isolated individual, now merges into the system of collective acting.«

Kazimir Malevitch, 1920

»Constructivity as an ordering principle of human endeavors has led, in recent art, from technology to a highly static artistic form that has degenerated into Naturalism. Or it has led to the kind of simplifications of form that got stuck in a reduction to the horizontal, the vertical, the diagonal. The best case was an open, excentric (centrifugal) construction that probably referred to the tension between forms and space, yet without finding a solution. Therefore, we have to replace the static principle of classical art with the dynamics of universal life. In practice: instead of the static material construction (relations of material and form), the dynamic construction (vital constructivity, relations of powers) needs to be organized, where the material is only used as a »carrier« of powers.«

Alfréd Kemény / László Moholy-Nagy, 1922

Bildrechte: Calder Foundation New York / Foto Stiftung Lehmbruck Museum Foto: Tobias Roch, Hagen Bildrechte: gemeinfrei, Foto: Peter Hinschläger Bildrechte: VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2014

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