Foundation Degree Week Four – Constructivism For The People

Short post today. I’ve grown to both love and hate cloud-based storage software, primarily due to the fact that always-online technology has had a habit of failing for me frequently. Living in a rural area without fiber-optic is a crippling experience as far as using online materials, but I digress.

I’ve used a very simple method of writing these blogs so far which is very simply listen to lecture/look at brief and then talk about what thoughts and feelings they impose on my fragile, angst-ridden mind. It’s rather effective for the most part and it’s taken me down a long and bumpy road which some people affectionaly refer to as “memory lane” – my surprise is directed mostly at the thought that, by some inane miracle, I’ve matured as a person over the last two years. I’ll continue to use this method until I’m told not to.

"Beat The Whites With The Red Wedge," by El Lissitzky. An example of the Constructivism-era Soviet propaganda poster.
“Beat The Whites With The Red Wedge,” by El Lissitzky. An example of the Constructivism-era Soviet propaganda poster.

Anyway, constructivism is todays main topic. Of course, I say “topic” but what I mean is that it’s the catalyst for some independant thinking and perhaps a tangent of thought. Truth be told it’s a movement that doesn’t nearly piss me off as much as I thought most art-related movements do; I’m an artist who’s under the impression that most art is pretentious, so doing something “for the people” is something I quite enjoy. The modern world has been shaped by artists and designers – you look around, the posters you see were designed by us, the screen you’re looking at was designed by us (aesthetically, not technologically, of course) – we, the artists, are the architects of the visual world. Constructivism is something that made that abundantly clear; for example, whenever you think of the Soviet era, communism or really anything during the mid 20th-century you associate it with the bold red, black and cream/yellow colour scheme on the propaganda.

That’s it. That’s all I’ve got to say on the matter – for today, at least. I’ll be back soon with work pertaining to this topic. I’m currently neck-deep in a packaging brief which relates really well to the topic I’ve covered today so I’d like to maintain this line-of-thought until I’m done if at least to give the evaluation of my work some justice.

-L.A. (Liam Morgan)

Parc Menai Foundation Degree Art and Design

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