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Old 01-25-2014, 02:54 PM
 
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Do you ever wonder where the inspiration for certain shapes and forms come from? Certainly the artists that are paid to come up with logos for giant corporations like Microsoft and Apple are well versed in previous art, and it is expected that their work will have some element of derivation. Other times it seems like a form simply exists on its own, waiting for an implementation that will utilize it. Autos and airplanes tend to take shapes where form follows function, but sometimes the existence of the form can precede the function.

This is a close up of a section of an art print that has been hanging by my computer desk for years and I was so entranced by the full image that I didn't notice until today that it shows a browser window.



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Only problem? It is from Vassily Kandinsky's "Grun" which was painted in 1931. Wrack my brain as I will, I cannot think of anything contemporary to 1931 that he might have been representing.

Green - Wassily Kandinsky - The Athenaeum

(Use of an image of a section of artwork for the purposes of critique and discussion is absolutely allowed under copyright law, even if the entire image is covered)
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:25 AM
 
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Could be a CD player.
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Random geometric shapes in an abstract art painting might very well and often have a coincidental similarity to something else
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Looks like a mail slot to me.
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:09 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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This is Josef Albers' Homage To The Square: Confident from 1959 at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art:





I just don't know how he did it. What an imagination.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:31 PM
 
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This is Josef Albers' Homage To The Square: Confident from 1959 at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art:





I just don't know how he did it. What an imagination.
My sarcasmometer just pegged.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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My sarcasmometer just pegged.
I'd post a pic of Professor Frink's device but I'd probably get dinged for copyright infractions. So I'll just say "This thing is off the charts! Clavin!"
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:51 PM
 
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This is Josef Albers' Homage To The Square: Confident from 1959 at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art:





I just don't know how he did it. What an imagination.
It is an awesome example of free-hand drawing skill but if he used an instrument like a ruler to make those lines, then pffft.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Talk about something we all know but you may never have noticed....

Ever notice the Fedex Logo has an Arrow between the E and X?

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Old 01-30-2014, 10:37 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Same goes for the Little Mermaid's phallic controversy:

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