I TOOK my son and his friend to the top floor of the Tate building, and we looked at modern art: the neo plasticism
of Piet Mondrian, and all those brightly coloured squares.
In 'Circe', Joyce's narrative strategy poses as a kind of mock-psychoanalytic animator, visualising characters' innermost complexes and fantasies as a series of tropes resembling stop-motion trickery and even the 'polymorphous plasticism' of cartoons.
(32) Similarly, as cartoon historian Donald Crafton argues, Bloom's contemporary, Felix the Cat, displayed a 'polymorphous plasticism', through which his form (or anything else's within the animation frame) was instantly and continuously reshaped.
These artists forged a materialist idiom by transforming Constructivism and Plasticism
through a heightened sensitivity to the corporeal.
Ader's sad and funny visual embodiments of the anxiety of influence, portrayed in pathetic pratfalls (Pitfall on the Way to a New Neo Plasticism
, Westkapelle, Holland, 1971, for instance), draw out a similar theme from Ray's photographs of himself wedged against a wall by a wooden plank--one realizes the artist must have felt wedged in by the example of Richard Serra and his "prop" sculptures.
While these closely related pieces echo the artist's humorous On the road to a new Neo Plasticism
, Westkapelle Holland, 1971, a slapstick meditation on Mondrian and De Stijl, the flower works expand to bloom with memories of Ader's homeland, stereotyped (fittingly enough) with American notions of Dutchness: The bouquet, although resolutely not of tulips, recalls their bright red and yellow and the inattention stereotyping allows.
As his work progresses, it becomes evident that in his development of a "new plasticism
" - one in which the perceptual bondage of the grids to the planes of color, which characterized much of the pre-'30s work, is ruptured - mondrian increasingly pulled the spectator much the space formed by the projection of his unconscious gaze, only to push him away again.