Landscape As An Abstraction #1 and Mondrian

28 01 2018

Hallidd's Weblog

I really don’t like Mondrian’s work. But I see it everywhere. It is civilization. And if one were an alien approaching the planet one of the signs of sentient life would be patterns in the landscape. Apparently the Great Wall of China can be seen from the moon. As one draws closer one sees the lines of highways, fields of crops, hydro lines, airport runways. Everything is so neat and orderly. The order reminds me of Mondrian’s work and his neurotic obsession with line and rectangles, neatness, simplicity, flatness. And yet as you draw closer things change. You see crowds of people but still inside boxes, lines (cars, trains, airplanes). It is only as you draw close to actual human beings that things get messier, more dangerous.

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