UMMA Case Study: Umgeben

by Julie Bohnlein


I realize this isn’t a picture of the entire exhibit, but you get the idea. I totally went; I totally saw all of these things. I wouldn’t just lie about something like that.

I even looked at the butt-guys that were there, too. That one I’m pointing at is my favorite butt-guy.

Umgeben

Josef Albers

1933

Woodcut

Josef Albers did this piece after he emigrated to the US and became a faculty member at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. While he was at Black Mountain College, he did a lot of woodcuts, experimenting with printing surfaces (wood grain, linoleum, cork) to see how the texture would interact with his abstract forms. That experimentation pretty much encapsulates the ideology of the Bauhaus by combining manufacturing with creativity.

I didn’t really chose this piece because I have some weird thing for woodcuts. I chose it because I have some weird thing for Josef Albers and his work in color theory (unlike Itten’s touchy-feely, poetic approach, Albers was very analytical and clinical in his approach). He was big into how colors interact with each other, which this piece displays a bit: two contrasting colors next to each other, and using lines to create a halftone. 

Also, I don’t remember if there was a piece from F.T. Marinetti displayed or not. If there was, it was probably the worst thing ever, besides Marinetti himself.