Art is the core of Color Blocking: Mondrian, Kandinsky, Warhol have all used color blocking to explore art theory and convey a story. The story continues to evolve with new exploration in work from Paul Chan and Mary Iverson.
Visual artist, Paul Chan is a political activist, a prolific writer, a passionate publisher and a voracious reader. Chan's work mixes his knowledge of history and philosophy, old and new, with political and social reflections in a body of work that ranges from sculpture to video projects. Evident throughout this work is the use of color blocking to define space and to tell a story. He was recently awarded the Hugo Boss Prize by the Guggenheim Foundation and his work was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Created as a reaction to the increasing switch to digital books and Chan's desire to work with something "real" Volumes—inncompletesest was created out of 1005 book covers.
Sade for Sade’s Sake, 2009
Sade for Sade’s Sake is a nearly six hour wide-screen video incorporating drawings, animations and abstractions. Chan plays with scale and abstraction by using geometric shapes in an array of color blocks. With very heavy political and cultural connotations this work blurs the line in film, painting and photography.
Painter and public artist, Mary Iverson uses color blocking as a foundation throughout her work. Focusing on the shipping industry and its influence on culture and the environment Iverson uses geometric shapes and lines to tell a story.