Abstract art can be hard to understand. As I’ve stated many times before, a common reaction to an abstract work is “But, what IS it?”. If a person fails to understand and connect with a piece it is nearly impossible to appreciate it. As a non-artist, this is something that happens to me all the time. “Isn’t this work AMAZING!” they say, to which I respond with my most enthusiastic “Uh huh!”, wait for an opportune moment and then pull Chris aside and ask him to explain it to me. But every once in a while, I discover something that helps alleviate this.
According to the Netflix show “The Toys that Made Us”, Legos are inspired by abstract art. How cool is that? Legos! The creators chose the iconic bright red, blue, and yellow of the first Legos after being inspired by the work of Piet Mondrian, a Dutch abstract painter most famous for his work depicting squares and rectangles of (shocker!) red, blue, and yellow. Legos are a big deal in our house. A few new sets were on Santa’s sleigh for our son this past Christmas and he’s barely parted with them since. So the fact that one of our favorite toys was inspired by abstract art is a pretty cool connection. I’ll likely never again look at a Mondrian without thinking of Legos…and smiling.
Check out one of Chris’ latest below. This one makes me smile too.