3 Quick Facts!b. St. Petersburg 1891 – d. Moscow 1956,involved in politics throughout his lifePainter, sculptor, designer, photographerMajor player in Russian Constructivism, links to otheravant-garde movements like Futurism, Dadaism, Cubism…
Tatlins Tower maket 1919 Suprematist Composition - White on WhiteInfluenced by Tatlin and Malevich. How?
PainterRepressive Russian policies RevolutionExperimentation Abandons with various painting, Media fine artAdvertising,book covers, Meetsphotography Futurists Constructivist movement
Philosophy on Art Strives for an “objective, impersonal art, stripped of description and narrative, and devoid of spiritual or metaphysical trappings.” Art as an object that refers to nothing but itself--in Rodchenkos words, "the inventing or perfecting of something, rather than a reflection or portrayal."
Appropriation ofRodchenko You Could Have It So Much Better Studio album by Franz Ferdinand
Our duty is to experiment, make objects unfamiliar and forms difficult.
Characteristics of Rodchenko’s photographyMultiple perspectives, foreshortening, motion,patterns, sense of dislocationOblique angles reminiscent of the dynamic diagonalcompositions of his early paintingsPhotography: mechanical and objective, thereforesocially progressive
Fire escape with a man, 1925 "One has to take several different shots of a subject, from different points of view and in different situations, as if one examined it in the round rather than looked through the same key- hole again and again."
Gymnastics, 1936Links with Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera?
Alexander Rodchenko, Gathering for a Adriana Onita, Semana Santa, demonstration, 1932 2011, Granada
Left: A part of Moscow, 1927 Alexander Rodchenko A part of Edmonton (left), Lisbon (below), 2011 Adriana OnitaRodchenko/Vertov’sfascination withtransportation
Thanks!• All biographical information found at MoMAhttp://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/ 1998/rodchenko/index.htmlAll Rodchenko images found athttp://www.allart.org/art_20th_century/rodche nko1.html