Geometric Redux Study after Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Geometric Redux Study after Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Andre Brik, 2020

New Media, Edition of 20
60 x 60 x 0 cm
Pigment and Vector on Paper

€ 208

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About the artwork Geometric Redux Study after Van Gogh’s Starry Night

What I like the most when creating the geometric reduction exercises is that they make me study and understand more about my favorite artists and their masterpieces. While I change the proportion of the original work, transform the composition into basic figures, find matching lines, simplify color palettes and add new elements, I end up observing the work for hours in its smallest details.

At first, I thought it was absurd to reduce V.G.'s dynamic and anguished iconic strokes to flat and smooth elements. On the other hand, this would be the last thing anyone would think of doing in a reinterpretation of a work by the Dutch master, and perhaps it is what makes the experience valid.

For this reinterpretation, I tried to create a contrast between the elements of the painting. So I “lit" the sky by completing it with an art-deco pattern of stylized stars that fit together, and the spirals in the sky which create a link between the elements.

About the artist Andre Brik

Andre Brik was born in Curitiba, Brazil in 1972. Architect, illustrator, and art director, he also studied typography and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts and at Parsons School of Design in New York.

In his works, you can find some of the 1920’s Plakatstil graphic style and polish posters with their clean lines and flat contrasting background colors, their visual puns and wit, and subtle irony. There is also nonsense, humor, counterculture, dada, surrealism, and punk rock. The ideas are born from the observation of the elements of everyday objects. Then the artist begins a long process of sketching to deconstruct and recombine shapes, colors, and meanings. Finally, a careful selection of outcoming ideas is chosen to be digitally developed, painted, and finished as a graphic art illustration.


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