I have been obsessed with artwork featuring triangles in the past few days. Maybe it's because I've read all of Dan Brown's books in the past few months that I have this fascination with the symbology of the triangle.
Simply stated, the triangle is the perfect symbol. It represents symmetry and balance.
Triangles, when pointing upwards, are a symbol of male power. While I think this is a sexist interpretation, triangles are a representation man's connection to god. Think about the looming pyramids of Giza. Though many experts still debate about their symbolism, it is easy to connect an aura of mystery and spirituality with this shape.
Different religions have appropriated the shape as a metaphor, including the Christian icon of the holy trinity, and the Star of David of Judaism, which represents the balance of male and female.
Triangles are also the symbol of woman. The upside down triangle mimics the public triangle. One of my favorite cultures in art history is the Cycladic. These Aegean people created geometrically styled, abstract sculptures with human likeness. The distinguishing feature between the male and female artifacts is the presence of the pubic triangle on the female works.
After assimilating and reflecting on the works of this culture, how do you think that they perceived women? The bodies of these sculptures are very rigid and can be perceived as manly. Do you think that they respected women? Why or why not?
Upside down triangles also represent certain aspects of nature. Rain, for example, which falls from the sky to the earth, is associated with the triangle. Upward triangles represent opposing forces of nature, like fire.
Regardless of how you translate it, triangles have a special place in our world. The mysticism of the triangle, when appropriated in artwork, creates a wonderful spectacle for translation. Here are some artists who work with triangles that I find inspiring:
Artist Trent Call is inspired by street art. He created this work with latex and acrylics. I love it!
A few months ago, I blogged about embroidery artist Megan Whitmarsh and how much I loved her yeti artwork with the funky mod designs. I can't wait to scoop up some time to paint something inspired by this on a miniature canvas and frame it for my house!
Today on Pinterest, I learned about the artwork of Matthew W. Moore. How much fun is this art?! He's a graphic designer who creates murals of these triangles in public places. The aesthetic reminds me of art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka.
I. M. Pei's famous glass triangle structure is known around the world because it is situated at the Louvre:
Eric Hurtgen creates desolate pieces of art that are livened up with colorful, life-giving triangles. These are so inspiring because the organic feeling of his work, combined with an organic shape, create an impeccable balance.
Artist James Siena, who I just saw for the first time in a documentary called Herb & Dorothy, created a colorful triangle composition. Usually, his artwork consists of repeating, flowing lines like tree rings, so this seems out of the ordinary for his work.
Geometric abstract artist and pioneer of the Avant-Garde Supremacist movement, Kazimir Malevich gained both fame and criticism for his large, black square "painting". Another of his simple compositions included this famous painting of a black rectangle and blue triangle. Below it is another of his famous work, one which is often compared to Kandinsky, who was actually trying to move away from the Supremacist art movement.
This sculpture can be viewed at Tournay-Solvay Park in Brussels, Belgium. I couldn't find the name of the artist, but I found it interesting that there is sculpture dedicated to this beautiful shape, too.
I had to include this work by Crystal Jackson. The vintage feel is enhanced by the colors she chose and the negative space in some of the triangles creates a retro feeling:
These next pieces was created by Merjin Hos (AKA Bfree), an artist based out of the Netherlands. -
by Photographer Olivia Bee-
Viktor Majdandzic is inspired by the logic present in living things. His artwork mimics natural biology.-
Swiss Artist Phillipe Decrauzat is inspired by everything: movies, architecture, forms of objects. He simplifies these inspirations into basic, geometric shapes. They mimic life. -