MONDRIAN IS A PIECE OF CAKE.BY STEVEN BENSON

1.NAIF

I ate a piece of Mondrian cake;this man in the gallery went on… and on… about the cake not fitting the right dimensions, or something, of the Mondrian art. This was boring; the cake was nice:)

2.”INTELLECTUAL”

I realised the boundaries between outside and inner reality; inner spaces(for example, the above mock-up of one of Mondrian’s many apartments) and the outside world(natural and manmade environment). Mondrian was intrigued by houses with one wall knocked down, exposing its inner fixtures and thus blending with the world of nature/urban situ. So he AIMED at occupying a liminal space in his art; but thereby lies an aporia: his mature style is, self-acknowledgly,of planes and lines. Although he did not believe in (literally) framing his work(and thus delineating a firm boundary between art and the outer /”real” world),his crisp lines DO have the effect of boundarying his works, WITHIN a set, compartmentalised art-space. So his theory did not match his practice.

(Tate Liverpool. 7.6.14)

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