Mies Comes To California
by Lujac Desautel
In the following series of images, I used David Hockney and Mies van der Rohe as the main subject for the collages. David Hockney moved to Californi in the late 1960’s where he painted a series of pictures that arguably defined the California Aesthetic. One of his most iconic paintings, A Bigger Splash, is flat, colorful, and abstract.
Mies van der Rohe created a set of collages for the Barcelona Pavilion. The collage comprised of pencil on paper defining the edge of the roof, floor and mullions. Images of paintings, marble, wood are collaged on top of one another that create depth space.
A notable distinction between the two artists is that Hockney uses photographs for the subject of his paintings. Mies van der Rohe represents architecture that will be built through an improvised composition. Secondly, the California architectural style Hockney was painting at the time has similar qualities to the International Style of Mies.
I combined the two using Hockney’s paintings through Mies’s techniques of overlapping, framing, and composition as if Hockney seamlessy reproduces a Mies-like attitude to space while retaining the atmospheric mood of the California style.