Founder of De Stijl Theo van Doesburg defines ‘counter composition’ as the manifest ‘time-space tension of colour, line or plane’. Artworks in this category show deliberately unbalanced relations prompted by chromatic dissonances and diagonal lines. Counter Composition with Pyramids relies the same constructive principles with an emphasis on the use of diagonals to promote the element of motion. The installation is a volumetric reworking of Van Doesburg’s Counter Composition V (1924) which follows the artist’s vision through pyramidal volumes. The work presents the audience with 36 m2 of unusual shapes and space configurations that invite free movement on and around its slanting platforms.
Volumetric Counter Composition has been featured as a ‘work in progress’ in the following venues:
- 2018 – Liquid Society. Experimental art programme. Leiden, NL.
- 2018 – ARC art_research_convergence. Anna van Buerenplein, The Hague. Outreach platform for artistic research organised by Leiden University’s Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) and The University of the Arts in The Hague, NL.
It has also been discussed in these presentations:
- 2018 – ‘Stage design as a method for thinking’. Conference presentation at the KABK Design/Research Club #2, Royal Academy of Art, NL.
- 2018 – ‘Counter Composed’. Guest Lecture at the ‘Art and Social Engagement’ Keystone Seminar, Webster University Leiden, NL.