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A Brief Overview of Construction Art

What’s the deal with Construction Art? Is it really art? Is it important or had relevance towards the art movements we know today? Being a major influence in the Bauhaus and De Stijl movement,  Constructivism emerged as an artistic and architectural concept. In 1913, Constructivism was created by Vladimir Tatlin in Russia.

As a rejection of independent and sovereign art, Tatlin aimed  ‘to construct’ art for social purposes. During the 20th century, it influenced architecture design, graphic design, industrial design, theatre, film, dance, fashion as well as music. The definition of Constructivism was a combination of faktura meaning the particular material properties of an object, and tektonika, meaning its spatial presence.

It was known that the first  Constructivists were artists like Liubov Popova, Alexander Vesnin, Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, and theorists Aleksei Gan, Boris Arvatov and Osip Brik. They were early developers of a technique that we know now as the photomontage. Sharing similarities with Dadaism, the collage method was less destructive during the Constructivism movement.

In this day and age, many contemporary artists have taken upon literally deconstructions of the idea of construction art. With independent artists and online retailers selling very similar constructivism artworks such as photographs of excavators and machinery. You can find these works at Fine Art America.

Images sourced from Fine Art America.

Visual Arts: Rising Star Loribelle Spirovski

Local South-Western artist, Loribelle Spirvoski is the rising star of the art world. The 26-year-old Filipino-Serbian born resident has been a finalist in many prestigious art awards  such as the Portia Geach Memorial Prize and has been the one to watch since her entry in the Archibald Prize this year.

Source: Fairfield Champion

Source: Fairfield Champion

She specialises in acrylic and oil painting and is known for her explorations and experimentations between Realism and Pop. Spirovski often conceptualises with portraits and fusing them with anatomical parts and deconstructing her subjects to skeletal features. An example of this is seen from her previous works “Memento Mori” – a series reflecting the concept of anxiety; her own and others.

Source: Loribelle Spirovski

Source: Loribelle Spirovski

What makes Spirovski a stand-out is the quality of her work. She uses a hybrid of traditional mediums combined with unconventional and surreal ideas, and a sophisticated understanding of colour, toning and lighting.  often enjoys painting at home or in her room as she isolates herself from the conventional art world and prefers to paint in her “sanctuary”.

Source: Loribelle Spirovski

Source: Loribelle Spirovski

The current muse and subject of Spirovski’s works are paintings of her partner, world renowned Australian pianist, Simon Tedeschi pictured above.

To see more of Loribelle Spirovski’s work, you can check her out website: http://www.loribellespirovski.com/