In response of Malevich
Following the visit to the Drents Museum, Assen
I drive north. Kazimir Malevich features on the Drents museum’s leaflets and website.
Kazimir Malevich is best known for his geometric abstract painting. The exhibition in the Drents Museum in Assen is not particularly extensive. It was announced that only figurative work would be seen, but there are still a number of abstracts, and also of course one of his renowned black squares. Simplicity and strength. How can I see it in three dimensions? I see in my mind the cubist images of Lipchitz and Picasso. But now in the primary colours and tones used by Malevich. No, otherwise, they are often separate elements, geometric figures. He called Suprematism, which would be a contradiction of constructivism. It is not technique which controls life, but rather feeling. Now you can start a discussion about what the black square has to do with feeling, but it becomes clear in practice. The decisive factor is the time you need to take a look. Not too short. Personally, I disappear into it. But the Rothko effect does not last long. My thoughts go quickly and easily from dark, gloomy and deep black to the why, why do I think so? Who am I and what am I going to do? Eventually I will be creating an image. It is satisfying work; three-dimensional painting in concrete and reinforcing bars. An abstract image depicting nothing and with no other purpose. Only the shapes, colours and composition matter. Completely free, expressionist, indifferent to existing art standards. Composing with feeling. Malevich which must have been a happy person. The advantage of the three-dimensional is that you have many more angles. Apart from having a constructive function, the white which I use between the colour blocks has the same purpose as in the paintings, which is as the background. Everything comes from the black square.
Photo 2: Color Composition Malevich
Photo 3: Scene of the Opera ‘Victory on the sun’ with costumes Malevich