This week while we’ve been discussing icons and speculative design, I found myself thinking about how art communicates with audiences in both direct and indirect ways. While icons are made to seem obvious and legible, speculative designs require a bit more deciphering and analyzing. This led me to think about modernist artwork, a type of artwork I have often found intriguing and somewhat frustrating. In this new exhibit displayed at MoMA, a series of modernist photographs represent the urbanization of Brazil through identical buildings and cables. The images are very simple and composed of few objects, however their meanings are not obvious and in some way abstract. I found the juxtaposition of abstract and simplicity in these images really interesting and am compelled by the way the photos communicate their meaning with the audience.
To read more about the exhibit click here