PRINT Summer 1979

Planar Constructions and the Planar Dimension

I cannot help rejecting all repetitions of images al, ready done, already worn out and ineffective. I cannot help searching for new images and this I do, not for the sake of their novelty, but for the sake of finding an expression of the new outlook on the world around me and the new insight into the forces of life and nature in me.

—Naum Gabo1

GABO’S STATEMENT DESCRIBES THE RESTLESS, and at times revolutionary, attitude of several artists who, in rejecting traditional approaches. to painting and sculpture, created a new art. For this creation three things were necessary: one was a negation of the existing traditions of painting—the illusion of space on a two-dimensional surface—and of sculpture—the manipulation of volume and mass; another was a use of materials that reflected the times, materials produced by technology; the third was a need for a new way to define space. The second

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