Point, Line, and Plane – Abby Martinez

When I think of point, line, and plane there are 2 artists that I automatically think of: Mondrian and Kandinsky.

“Broadway Boogie Woogie.” Piet Mondrian. 1942. Represented the energy of New York. (MOMA)

I am going to use Mondrian’s work, “Broadway Boogie Woogie” as an example of point.  This piece is part of his works about New York and is meant to be a representation of the city from above, hence the grid.  This is very reductive, but each line of the grid is a road, made up of small points of color. The points of color are meant to be the lights and movement on the streets of the city, yellow is actually partly representative of the ever present taxi cabs in NYC.   Points make lines, lines make planes. Here vehicles and city lights (points), make the roads (lines) which make up the city (plane). I find that this is a very good example of how points make up everything else in a piece. The grid, limited color palette, and scale of the piece make it easy to identify how the work is comprised of points.

I am going to use Kandinsky’s Composition 8 as my example of line. I am a big fan of Kandinsky’s works from the 20’s-30’s, he spent this period of time in Germany at the Bauhaus.  Bauhaus happens to be one of my favorite design movements and I find the use of line and plane in that particular movement very interesting. Kandinsky spent a lot of time on the subject of point, line, and plane, so I felt it appropriate to include him.

“Composition VIII.” Vasily Kandinsky. 1923. (Guggenheim Museum)

Composition 8 uses line to create the planes of various geometric shapes,  intersecting and chaotic, even though they may not definitively close in some places, the law of closure is in effect.  Kandinsky played with how lines come together to make planes; how the angle or curvature of a line changed the viewers perspective of the line. Here we see straight, angled, and curvy lines intersecting and working together to create small & large planes, and movement throughout the work.  The use of lines throughout Composition 8 not only make up larger planes, but it also influences the overall energy of the work.

While Mondrian and Kandinsky provide wonderful examples of the concept of plane in their works, I wanted to use an everyday example to demonstrate how common these concepts are to daily life.

The walkway outside of the CUB (My Picture)

I took this picture of the walkway outside of the CUB.  I find this to be an excellent example of how common place the concepts of point, line and plane are.  When all the tiles are laid in lines, they create the path that we walk on everyday. Everything we interact with is comprised of point, line, and plane.  The plane is the whole, though you can even break the ‘whole’ into point line and plane as well. Scale is important, here, the sidewalk can be the plane, or each tile that makes up the sidewalk can be its own plane comprised of points and lines.  Perspective is important.

About abbymartinez96

23. Washington State University. Digital Technology and Culture
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