This week lecture was mostly about Gustav Klimt and Adolf Loose.. Here I am only summarizing what I've learn just to test my understanding on these subject. .....
The club consist of young artist that reject the past and concentrating on the present and future. The Secession is Vienna's version of Art Nouveau.
Gustav uses symbol and design into his painting. Most of his subject matter is female's body. His father, Ernst Klimt was a gold engraver and this passion for gold was later use by Klimt in his work. His painting was controversial because of his use female nude body and visibly phallic symbol.
There is one man who opposed the Secession group. He is Adolf Loos.
He wrote an essay in 1908 - repudiating the florid style of the Vienna's Secession. It's called "ORNAMENT & CRIME"
What Loos was opposing is, the ornamentation of everyday object and in architecture. To him, too much decoration is a waste of craftsman's energy and time for the trend will soon be replace by another. But if function and simplicity is the main focus then the object will be more advance and up to date.
So the issue for this week is which one of this artist do I relate to in my major~ hand drawn batik.
My main focus now is contemporary / modern batik. Through design history I noticed that more and more of contemporary batik designer is using modernism style and some from the Art Nouveau movement.
|sample of modern design batik that uses geometric design.|
For me it is better if a batik design is modern but still retain the batik essence. In this I mean the design must not be too simple with just lines and geometrical. There should be the elements of batik, for example floral motif or the crackle design.
What I love about Klimt's gold engraved painting is that its unique and very eye catching some may say that its to heavy with pattern design but to me that's what makes his painting different from others..
But I agree with Loos that an object should be created to be up to date and long lasting. This should be true to textile design also, but it is quite hard to find that kind of design, since textile goes along with trend and fashion. The challenge for a batik designer like me is to create a design that can withstand the ever changing design in batik industry. That is why many batik designers like to add black and white design to their collection because somehow that color is everlasting, people will still buy it no matter what the trend is. (but the design must not be too crouded).
|Marilyn Monroe ~ wearing a black and white dress.|
|Today's artist wearing black and white dress....|
So in my opinion both concept is acceptable in batik design. You just have to balance it out using fashion.
For example if the design of a shawl is full of flowers than you should use it with a plain colored cloth...:)
|See...? like this.. hahah problem solved......|
That's all for now.