When walking through the László Moholy-Nagy exhibit displayed at the Arts Institute, a viewer goes on a journey along with Moholy-Nagy. Allowing for the viewers to watch evolution and growth. From basic abstract sketches filled with shapes, lines, and colors to films taken by the artist.
The art work of Moholy-Nagy has developed and evolved as he has aged. This can be seen through the variety of mediums and platforms used by the artist. Starting out, Moholy-Nagy focused heavily on geometry and abstract work. His earlier work is full of lines and shapes of many colors. As you see him grow, he developed new techniques and masters many new mediums.
It is interesting to see the number of mediums Moholy-Nagy was able to take under his belt. Truly an artist who has worked to be able to produce artwork in many forms. Though it is not hard to see that all this artwork was made by one person, the elements depicted by the artist stand out whether the artwork is just an advertisement or sculptor. The same abstract elements are present.
Some of the most interesting pieces are those that he is able to use light and perception to
somewhat change the visual that an observer sees from different angles. Using plexiglass and paint the raise images can seem to change when you walk by them. These pieces draw attention and make the viewer take a second look. One example of Moholy-Nagy’s use of plexiglass in his artwork is a piece called “Pacman”. The original material used to create the final piece was warped with bubbles. These bubbles inspire the direction that the piece took and the shapes that would be represented and enhanced by the artist.The use of paint draws the attention back to the blemish present within the material itself.
A large proportion of Moholy-Nagy’s work are pieces call photograms. These are images that have been developed using photographic material, however; the images are not taken with a camera. When looking at the vast collection of photograms, one can see the same abstract elements present within Moholy-Nagy’s sketches and paintings. Though the photograms have many more elements then some of his earlier work, the mind of Moholy-Nagy is still seen through the abstract presentations of the photographs transforming the images into to an interesting piece of art.
The Moholy-Nagy exhibit is a display that can draw and entertain even those who are not art enthusiasts. From the variety of work that can be seen to the more interactive such as films that are presented, Moholy-Nagy work displays a variety of work that can captivate audiences.
“Moholy-Nagy: Future Present” runs through Jan. 3 at The Arts Institute of Chicago, (312) 443-3600.