josef albers & inspiration | personal
Inspiration can come from many places. Randy and I get creatively inspired by all sorts of artistic venues, people and activities. Although other photographers, both past and modern, do undeniably influence our work, Randy and I also look a lot at other art mediums, such as drawing, painting, music and design. We both have studied art history quite extensively, and our exposure to history’s most influential painters and photographers definitely gives us an appreciation for what we do. Our photography may not be hanging in a fine art gallery, but the respect for great work is transferable across multiple mediums.
For example, music is a big influence in my life. I listen to artists that perhaps the average radio listener are not familiar with because oftentimes the most gutsy and innovative artists aren’t always the ones that get mass appreciation (and this applies to more than just musicians). For Randy, graphic design is a big influence in his visual world. He has helped me view the world in a very different way. I notice details I never would have seen before. Randy definitely has an eye for small details, and his design style is understated and towards the simplistic side of the spectrum. It’s no surprise that one of his favorite designers is Josef Albers.
Albers was an early 20th century German-born Amercian artist who was a pioneer in design for the Bauhaus movement. Wikipedia gives a lovely concise explanation: “Albers’ work represents a transition between traditional European art and the new American art. His work incorporated European influences from the constructivists and the Bauhaus movement, and its intensity and smallness of scale were typically European. However, his influence fell heavily on American artists of the late 1950s and the 1960s. ‘Hard-edge’ abstract painters drew on his use of patterns and intense colors, while Op artists and conceptual artists further explored his interest in perception.”
So here are a few of Alber’s works. We encourage you to read up on him! He’s an interesting fellow :) (There are eight separate pieces shown below – left and right sides are different pieces).