A Magic Mirror That Transforms Abstract Paintings Into Mondrians

STAND IN THE SWEET SPOT IN FRONT OF FLORIAN BORN’S ENCODED MIRRORS, AND WASSILY KANDINSKY’S MASTERPIECE BECOMES A PIET MONDRIAN COMPOSITION.

Both abstract masters who explored the possibilities of primary colors in their work, there are many parallels between Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky. Even so, you’d never confuse Kandinsky’s vibrant, swirlingYellow-Red-Blue for any of Piet Mondrian’s strictly geometricCompositions, unless you were staring at it through this pixel art magic mirror, which reveals just how similar the two artists’ masterpieces really were to one another.

Created by Berlin-based designer Florian Born, Encoded Mirrors is a flat, square array of around 1,600 static mirrors. Positioned in front of Kandinsky’s painting, at first, the surface just seems to be a riot of different colors. But if you stare at the Encoded Mirror from just the right spot, you see that each individual mirror has been precisely placed, so that it reflects only a tiny patch of the painting’s color. If you find the sweet spot, Kandinsky’s Yellow-Red-Blue transforms into Mondrian’sComposition.

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Encoding Mirrors was developed as part of the University of Arts Berlin’s 2015 Digital Klasse. It’s a very clever design, one that aims to educate art lovers about the shared color theories that inform both Mondrian and Kandinsky’s work. “Both [Kandinsky and Mondrian] had different approaches in terms of form, but when it comes to the choice of color, they agreed,” explains Born. “The three primary colors—red, blue, and yellow—are the most essential in their work.” You might never see this similarity if you saw the paintings side by side, but through Encoding Mirrors, you can literally watch one transform into the other.

You can check out more of Florian Born’s work here.

by John Brownlee

Source: Fast Co. Design

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Mondrian is an Abstract Journey Through Video Game Art

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The puzzle genre is packed with titles of all sorts, meaning it’s often hard to stand out. Lantana Games have managed to create something distinct with Mondrian – Abstraction in Beauty.

As the name implies, there’s a stylistic connection to its visual appearance and the “De Stijl” art movement headed by the likes of Piet Mondrian. They use color and form in similar ways, but instead of presenting classic artwork, are showcasing the history of game artwork.

This is all the aesthetic for what is essentially a block-breaking game. Mondrian – Abstraction in Beauty take the retro gameplay formula, allows for 360 degrees of movement, and is just mesmerizing to look at. It’s available on Steam  for the discounted price of $6.29 if you buy before September 28. You can also purchase via itch.io or IndieGameStand.

by Marcus Estrada

Source: Hardcore Gamer