|Posted by Anna Belleforte on April 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM|
Put a bunch of lines together and you soon get a pattern. I don’t know anyone who isn’t attracted to a pattern. We love repetition. And then there’s Victor Vasarely who took it a step further through structure and colour, amazing totally saturated colour. The museum in Obuda says this Hungarian/Parisian painter investigated what the best colour dynamics were and came to the profound idea that art could be an integral part of any urban space and any community. Once art was reduced to a kind of formula, which he did, it could be multiplied and endlessly varied. He called what would result from this the Polychromatic City of Happiness. Okay, very 1950s/60s, the notion that communal interests would be best served by standardization and mass production, with only minor tweaks. But it’s interesting that he associated happiness with colour, and colour with the city. Take any urban picture and you get a lot of greys and browns (excluding the billboards). It just takes a lot of stone and concrete to build a city. But I don’t want to represent a city without colour, or pattern for that matter. So Vasarely was right: if the perceptions of our cities can be ‘polychromatized’, we might all be happier.
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