Color visualization

Inspired by Caleb Larsen, his work (DE) Composition A & B, where he tried to disassemble Piet Mondrians’s iconic grid painting into a a visualized form of color bar chart. Though I don’t know whether he used any computational means, such as the color ordering and height of the color bar.
(De)Composition A & B, 2010 Archival Inkjet on Somerset Velvet, 17" x 14"
(De)Composition A, 2010 Archival Inkjet on Somerset Velvet, 17″ x 14″

Here is the official description by Caleb Larsen:


(De)Composition A, 1920 and (De)Composition B, 1920 are the result of disassembling the first of Piet Mondrians iconic grid paintings. As if unrolling the painting, the rectilinear forms are systematically laid on a flat plane – disentangled from their internally stable compositional structure. If Mondrians geometric abstraction held a “naive faith in future” (Clement Greenberg) or represented “Machine Age age dreams of a utopian future” (Robert Rosenblum/Mel Bochner) then these images are a symbolic dissection of that future – a reconfiguring, dissension, and intervention upon it.

These pieces are part of larger body of work concerned with ideas of often paradoxical quest for paradise, utopia and contentment and the frequent failure to achieve such states.

Besides I have checked with Caleb on the logic, below is his reply – “I took the Mondrian paintings Composition A & B and started in the top right corner, and worked clockwise, taking the colored squares from Mondrian’s paintings and laying them side by side in a row.”

I found another website with a project to translate Mondrian painting into MIDI sound:

What’s I am thinking is about software art, develop a software with an algorithm. Where you can input any type of classic or modern pictures/painting, it will then automatically translate into a visualized form of art that help to analyse the portion of color use. To extend of it, the software can also analyse the net culture too…Just a bit of idea…


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December 7, 2011