“concrete art is characterized by one feature: the structure. the structure of the arrangement in the idea, the structure of the visual in the reality, the reality of the structure of the idea, the idea as structure of the reality. and the laws of structure are: the series, the rhythm, the progression, the polarity, the regularity, the inner logic of sequence and arrangement.” – max bill [1]

17/08/2011 § Leave a comment

piero dorazio, quasi-vert (1963)

piero dorazio, untitled (1959)

piero dorazio, heartbreak iv (iv crevecoeur) (1960)

 

the italian painter piero dorazio offers an excellent example of a mode of structural painting in which structure is the formal principle itself.  he works with the phenomenon of texture and its aesthetic possibilities, i.e. with a structural principle par excellence.  he is interested in the unification of elements which are the same, elements which through the manner in which they are made to interlock acquire a new quality, a quality which is more than that of the single particle…. dorazio uses forms and colors to break up the tautness of his textures so that they begin to look like finely woven webs; almost unnoticeably he effaces and condenses his structures, leaves certain zones free, bypasses the construction of symmetrical relationships, and acquires a new irreal effect for his paintings which removes them from the rationality of their formal rules. [2]

 

piero dorazio subsumes the grid.  i would love to see these in person.

 

efface and condense

a young hare

 

 

notes:

[1]     Staber, Margit. “Concrete Painting As Structural Painting.” Structure in Art and in Science. New York: George Braziller, 1965. 165-85. Print.

[2]     ibid

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