My Colourful Pop-Up World

It's the last few days of My Colourful Pop-Up World at Tate Liverpool! We've been responding to the Mondrian and his Studios exhibition as we explore abstraction, colour and geometry in both 2D and 3D. 

Piet Mondrian was one of the first artists to experiment with abstraction when he moved from Holland to Paris in 1911, then London and New York. In each city he moved to he had a studio, which served as a kind of 3D realisation of his gridded, geometric canvases. Mondrian was inspired by architecture and the increasingly built-up landscapes that surrounded his city centre studios.

Taking this theme of abstraction in the real world, participants have been creating gridded viewfinders which can be overlaid onto the windows of Tate Liverpool's Art Dock studio to colour and re-frame the landscape.  Participants are also leaving their colourful strips to be added to an evolving installation in the Family Room. Furthermore, they can experiment with paper manipulation and the art of pop-up as their cuts and folds turn into geometric sculptures and architectural-like models.  Watch this (square!) space for more photos of the Family Room in progress...

 

Tate: Mondrian Mohamedi Online Resource

I've just created a fun online resource for children and families to use together as a way to understand and interpret the abstract artworks of Piet Mondrian and Nasreen Mohamedi. The Mondrian / Mohamedi exhibition is on at Tate Liverpool until the 5th October. 

The activity pack is now available from the Tate website. To view and download a copy, click here

Abstraction Construction Reflection at Tate Liverpool

As the Mondrian and his Studios exhibition opens alongside artworks by Indian abstract artist Nasreen Mohamedi at Tate Liverpool, the theme of Abstraction into the Real World is explored throughout the building with a soon-to-be-opened interior viewing space created by architect Claude Parent.

In response to this focus on abstraction and architecture, I have created a colourful, tactile, constructive space, which brings together aesthetic and conceptual elements of Mondrian, Mohamedi and Parent in an interactive installation in the Clore Learning Centre at Tate Liverpool. Working with Learning Curators Katy McCall and Debbie Goldsmith, we have developed a space which invites visitors of all ages to play with colour, line and shape composition, exploring 2D, 3D, time and space. 

The installation invites playful, geometric construction and composition with beautiful *hand-painted blocks of different sizes and forms. It also encourages exploration of light, shadow and reflection as coloured windows and mirrors reveal slightly alternative, distorted worlds of light, shape, movement and time. Families can enter a space which attempts to embody the ethos of Mondrian's studio and his neo-plastic world. Here, though, participants can playfully engage with the physical act of placing, sorting, constructing / de-constructing and imagining.

The space is in progress and may evolve throughout the next four months, so come and play!

Find out what's on for families at Tate Liverpool this summer. Come along and join me for a playful, hands-on summer of abstraction and architecture in my two workshops But does it float? and My Colourful Pop-Up World in the Art Dock Studio. 

*Thanks to Jim Medway for his help painting the blocks so artfully!