Founded in 1913, Kazimir Malevich created a modern art movement in Russia that associated with the current Revolution. He was mainly inspired by poets and literary critics, anything involving writing and language. Malevich connected the unpredictability of shape placement in this kind of art to the idea of placing words together and wanting to communicate art in a similar manner that language is communicated. Suprematism was overall a method of abstraction and did not focus on looking like a piece of art. It focused on making clear geometric shapes and emphasizing the medium used as well as placing the shapes in a way that communicates their desired message. In the piece shown by Malevich in 1915, he is trying to communicate a self portrait to represent himself as an artist, but it is near impossible to tell at first glance if you do not understand his perspective and method. Suprematist art was highly subjective and could be interpreted in many ways.
Later on around the 1980’s, a new movement called New Wave Typography was emerging and quickly became popular with the rise of Pastiche and Punk. This movement was mainly inspired by Swiss Style, but as Wolfgang Weingart states he took it to the next level by blowing it even further out of proportion. New Wave type was all about breaking the grid, using geometric shapes, and having a playful colour palette, evidently shown in April Greiman’s Cal Arts Viewbook. In a similar manner, suprematism was also all about making an abstraction of geometric shapes which shows clear inspiration towards the New Wave typography movement. The spontaneity of shapes, the rotations of type, etc. all demonstrate what looks like a modernized version of suprematism. The way the designs are created are also like Suprematism – instead of being inspired by writing and poetry, they are typically inspired by music especially punk and electronic. These pieces represent the sound, just like Suprematist artists create their pieces based on how they interpret the tone/meaning of a writing piece.
“Suprematism Movement Overview.” The Art Story, www.theartstory.org/movement-suprematism.htm.
The New Wave of Graphic Design, www.designhistory.org/PostModern_pages/NewWave.html.
Tate. “Suprematism – Art Term.” Tate, www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/s/suprematism.