Mixelled Mondrian & cake
I can see I’m not the only one who throbs for cake because this is the mixel that received the most ‘likes’ last week. In real life, outside of Mixelronia, I’m known as somewhat of a cakeoholic, I quite literally push the take-my-delicious-cake-and-make-it-look-extraordinary to really ridiculous levels, consequently my Facebook album is full of *cake porn*.
“I believe it is possible that, through horizontal and vertical lines constructed with awareness, but not with calculation, led by high intuition, and brought to harmony and rhythm, these basic forms of beauty, supplemented if necessary by other direct lines or curves, can become a work of art, as strong as it is true.” –Mondrian
Mondrian sounds so optimistic here I imagine he’d be delighted by this cake homage because cake is beautiful, and if you think about it the eggs, flour and butter being mixed up to manifest as cake is deliciously harmonious. I therefore put it to you that this cake is the artiest of arty art right?
Mondrian might enjoy how it references ‘Composition II in Red Blue and Yellow’ one of the grid based paintings he began to produce after 1919 and for which he came to be renowned. He started out as a more literal painter, i like and have mixelled some of his tree paintings which are a teeny bit abstract in form and can be viewed as a transition between the literal to the abstract and spatial work that is his signature. It wasn’t until I saw a retrospective last year that I even knew that he had painted in any colour other than red, white, blue, yellow and black.
Mondrian -mixellled ‘Trees’
My favourite Mixel
I’ve had a fairly inside-doors week so I’ve been home a lot more when the afternoon merges in to early evening. The beauty of autumn not withstanding I actually hate this time of year. It’s synonymous with going back to school, putting away my summer toes and recognising the nights begin earlier and earlier. I don’t enjoy winter light, it’s not just the absence of sunshine with any significant heat ratio, it’s that the light for the next six or seven months will be thin and feint and distant. Brooding over this I took comfort in JMW Turner.
JMW Turner ‘Three Seascapes’
If I’ve not said this before let me say it loud and clear, when Chris Smith MP made museums and galleries free to enter in the 90s he created a cultural legacy that changed peoples relationships to art, he did an amazing thing. The national collection belongs to the taxpayer and for the various buildings that house it entrance is free, as it should be. I live not too far away from Tate Britain,I treat it like it’s my living room.
It’s where I got to know Turner really well; they have loads hanging there. What keeps me going back to him is his fascination with light, he painted the sea a lot and most of what I’ve seen are daytime scenarios. I’ve always found this night time painting spellbinding, that funnel of a spotlight in the middle of the painting is beautiful to me.