Olga Rozanova

Been looking at great collages by Rozanova. They have that beautiful freshness of beginnings. For her, abstraction was an open future, so she had no idea how to value work like this. It was all an experiment. We can decide which experiments were worthwhile and which ones weren’t, at least for us. For now. And our job is to keep that open ended future open, even if not for us. So this could also be art of our time.

Olga Rozanova, Non-Objective Composition #5 1915

What attracts me are elements that I use myself—tissue paper, cut-out lines working with patches, mixing drawing with collage, diagonals. This mode of art has a built in comedy, as  suggested in an earlier post, and that may be because of its lightness. Comic always means contemporary, and ordinary, and social. It is figurative, because it has an origin in cubism. But remember, Picasso’s work has a monstrous aspect on occasion, so that must be in here somewhere too, or at least the possibility. Perhaps today we can make something with both sides—the comic/light/optimistic and the monstrous/dark/critical.

Olga Rozanova, Non-Objective Composition #6 1915

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