Friday, April 24, 2009

piet and re-piet

Piet Mondrian is one of those iconic modern artists, with instantly recognizable compositions consisting of grids of dark lines enclosing fields of white and eye-catching primary colors. A complicated theoretical apparatus underlies these paintings, involving evolution towards higher planes of being and seeing and the quest for an art more real than reality itself. Mondrian took this all very seriously, so much so that when his friend and collaborator, Theo van Doesburg, introduced diagonal lines into his compositions, Mondrian reportedly never forgave him.

The picture above, however, isn't actually a Mondrian. In fact, it's supposed to be a picture of, well, me. And, oddly enough, I think it pretty much captures my physical and spiritual essence. If you'd like to create your very own personal modern art masterpiece, just go to this this site, answer a few basic questions about yourself and voilà! the portrait of you that Mondrian probably would have painted if only he'd had the chance.

If you post your Mondrian-esque picture on your own blog, please leave a note and/or a link in the comments so everyone will get a chance to admire it.


Be sure to check out these fab faux Mondrians:
Yolanda
Deshaine
Amelie
Which Box
Ms. Bri
Diana J
Kristin
Kym
Caro
K
Marin
Superlagirl
eep
Magpie
Ya Chun
Erica
Donna
Artblog
Melissa

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In comments, Ya Chun asks how to save the picture. Since I just discovered how to do this relatively recently myself, I thought I'd share my newly-acquired knowledge. What you need to do is to take a screen shot. Just follow the directions below, depending on what kind of computer you're using and the picture will be saved as a file on your computer.
MAC
1. Press COMMAND+SHIFT+4
2. A little cross curor will appear. Holding down the mouse button, drag to select the part of the screen you want. When you release the button the screenshot will snap a picture of that part of the screen and save it as a file on your desktop

WINDOWS
1. Click the window you want to capture. Press ALT+PRINT SCREEN by holding down the ALT key and then pressing the PRINT SCREEN key. The PRINT SCREEN key is near the upper right corner of your keyboard and may be labed PrSCR or something similar.
2. Click Start, click Accessories, and then click Paint.
3. Go to the Edit menu and choose Paste.
4. Go to the File Menu and choose Save As.
5. Type in a name for the file
6. Click the Save button.

32 comments:

Ya Chun said...

Cool.

How did you download your pic? Since it is flash, I can't save the image.

But mine came out brown. Funny, because brown is my favorite color.

Kymberli said...

As Mondrian has always been one of my abstract favorites (alongside Pollock), I'm looking forward to doing this and seeing what I look like as one of his paintings.

But, damn, these irritating school system Internet filters; I have to wait until I get home.

Ya Chun said...

Smarty smart Niobe. That was really easy, with the auto download and all!

Mondrian is the kinda art I can understand. Straight lines. Like scrapbooking and quilting...

Magpie said...

Mine is oddly similar to yours - not identical, but similar.

Yolanda (the callipygian chronicle) said...

Here is mine: http://yolandahowe.tumblr.com/post/99703221/my-mondrian

It doesn't reveal much to me. Though, I do find the difference between the number of steps needed to capture a screenshot (Mac as compared to Windows) to be quite revealing.

Tash said...

Oh good lord, mine looks like a prison cell.

Elizabeth said...

I did it 3x and it came out slightly different each time. I liked the first one best (it had red in it) but can't get it back :-(

Deshaine said...

The first time is always the most acurate...

http://bloggingsbydeshaine.blogspot.com/2009/04/mondrian.html

Deshaine said...

let's try this link...
http://bloggingsbydeshaine.blogspot.com/2009/04/mondrian.html

Deshaine said...

ugh... why do I even bother?

niobe said...

Don't worry, Deshaine. I linked to your blog in the post.

leanne said...

I like mine. Some blue (my favorite color), some yellow, and quite a bit of symmetry to make me happy. I really do like things that are symmetrical.

There is that one line that's "out of place" though.

Tash said...

Well. Apparently it timed out my jail cell when I finally went back to capture it, so I re-entered all the same information and now I'm getting the poop-brown flag. Surrender? Plus my education is apparently Post-Gard. Which made me think of coast-guard. Coincidence?

Amelie said...

Thanks Niobe, this was fun. Although I have no idea what my real height in inch would be... here's my picture: http://amelies-welt.de/blog/2009/04/24/im-blue-apparently/

Which Box said...

I am very puzzled by mine. Why no color?

http://whichbox.blogspot.com/2009/04/my-mondrian.html

But fun.

ms.bri said...

Super fun! I did it twice:
http://www.unwellness.com/unwellness/2009/04/box-me-in.html

Marin said...

I did it!

My Reality said...

It looks just like you.

K @ ourboxofrain said...

The first one I did reminds me a bit of a favorite pair of shoes. I may edit to put them both.

http://ourboxofrain.blogspot.com/2009/04/mondrian.html

Caro said...

Mine's up

Kymberli said...

Mine is up here: http://smartone.typepad.com/smartone/2009/04/abstract.html

Kristin said...

Here's mine...My Mondrian

Magpie said...

I believe that you and I are related: http://www.magpiemusing.com/2009/04/repeat-re-piet.html

Ya Chun said...

I finally got around to posting it!
http://serenityjoy.blogspot.com/2009/04/ya-chun-meets-mondrian.html

erica said...

Here's mine. Looks much more balanced than I really am: http://ilostaworld.wordpress.com/2009/04/27/portrait/

Deshaine said...

::curtsy:: thank you for linking to my Mondrian.

You might also enjoy my "Weird Wild Wordle" post from today.

Donna said...

Late to the party as usual but I did mine this morning.

Donna said...

Late to the party as usual but I did mine this morning.

Artblog said...

Here's mine too, better late than never I always say :)

http://artblog06.wordpress.com/2009/04/28/my-mondrian/

Melissa said...

I'm also late to the party.

http://hiddendiva.blogspot.com/2009/04/my-mondrain.html

carla said...

Wow, all the data they collect is exactly the stuff you'd want if you were collecting demographic information for marketing reasons.

But nobody on the internet would do THAT.

niobe said...

Carla: My thoughts exactly. ; )