Creative Synesthesia: Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge

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Beat the Whites with the Red WedgeEl Lissitzky, 1919.

 

This amazing piece was one of Lissitzky’s earliest creation made in 1919. By placing geometric shapes in a smart way, it creates lot of movement. “Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge” also became the most famous piece from constructivism.

By looking at the shapes, it shows me a message of loud noise and repetitive pattern of movement, like using a drill through the walls, or hitting the hammer on the table, creating a intense atmosphere of action and war. There are multiple red rectangles around the image, and they sort of push the appearance of the big one, and the light grey triangles on the background are placed like they were hardly break through by the giant rectangle. The whole image is so powerful, and I find it just like hard drum beats. The beat start with small snares, and it gets louder and louder, suddenly the drum kicks in and make the tension go higher and higher, just like the art piece. The drum beats are so hard and they are just like the red wedge that represents the Bolshevik revolutionaries as they penetrate the anti-communist White army.

This is a soundtrack from video game PAYDAY2, it is the beat example of my synthesia for Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge. 

It is long, but just like the art piece, it builds up slowly, and explode at a certain point, makes the whole art complete while builds a strong movement and power in to it. (You can skip through some part to listen to the difference in each stage of the beat if it is too long.)

Work Cited:

“Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge.” Utopia/Dystopia, 1 Jan. 2013, utopiadystopiawwi.wordpress.com/constructivism/el-lissitzky/beat-the-whites-with-the-red-wedge/.

Design Inspiration: I WANT YOU

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Alfred Leete, Britons                

Wants YOU, 1914.
Parliamentary
Recruiting
Committee 

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Flagg, James Montgomery.

I Want You for the U.S. Army.

  1. MoMA. Color Lithograph

 

There are lots of poster being created during world war one, each one of them have their unique style and purpose.

Poster on the top is called “Lord Kitchener Want You” made by Alfred Leete during 1914 as an advertising poster, it turned in to a poster for recruitment poster later on.  Figure wearing military suit and points his giant finger at the viewer is Lord Kitchener, he is a hero figure from the British military in World War One. The poster says “Lord Kitchener Want You” which later on inspired tons and tons of other posters who become its copycat.

The other poster on the bottom is called “I Want YOU!”, by James Montgomery. James saw the first poster by Alfred three years ago, got inspired and decide to make a new one based on the “Lord Kitchener Want You” design. James uses the word “I” to replace the name, make it first person, feels like someone is actually talking to you in an absolute way. The figure has turn in to Uncle Sam, since this poster is created for the U.S. Army now, however the action of the figures is still really similar, pointing their fingers to the viewer, creating the really strong message of recruitment. This poster ends up really succeed and famous, over two million people joined the army because of seeing this poster…

Both posters keep the style of simple, white background with figures in the middle. Using red as highlight and giant font of the word “YOU”, creating visual interest of the poster. Same gesture Uncle Sam is doing as Briton is because it is Briton’s iconic pose from that World War One propaganda. Having a famous, wise and powerful male figure pointing his finger at you creates a high pressure just by peaking, and it creates a gaze that you can hardly escape from. The poster also suggests the idea of joining the army is a forceful thing, gives you no option. Usually the idea of recruitment should be a choice of your own to join or not, but because it is a propaganda, these heroic figures are sort of giving you the idea of “Join the army or you are shameful.”

Works Cited:

Leete, Alfred. Lord Kitchener Wants You. 1914.

Hughes, Kerrie. “30 stunning poster designs to inspire you.” DepositPhotos, 18 Aug. 2017, https://www.creativebloq.com/posters/poster-designs-121518466.

The Telegraph. ” ‘Your Country Needs You’ – The myth about the First World War poster that ‘never existed’”, 02 Aug. 2013, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10218932/Your-Country-Needs-You-The-myth-about-the-First-World-War-poster-that-never-existed.html

“The Price of Freedom: I Want You Poster”, 14 Feb. 2018, https://amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/collection/object.asp?ID=548