Constantin Flondor

b. 1936
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"Everything started from this analysis of forms that we found in nature as models, like a dandelion, and there are similarities between a dandelion and a geodesic dome. Or the concept of a leaf, its birth and ramifications, and the urban system."

Born in 1936 in Cernăuţi-Bukowina in Ukraine, Constantin Flondor studied at the Fine Arts Institute in Bucharest. In 1966, he co-founded Group 1+1+1 comprised of three artists. This would be Romania’s first experimental art group, known as Sigma from 1970 onwards. Their kinetic experiments using photography and films led the group’s members to “rediscover” an intensely expressive approach to painting around 1978. Flondor went on to co-found the Prolog group. Since 1991, he has taught at the West University of Timişoara, where he has developed a progressive art pedagogy methodology.

He is mostly interested in studying the primary elements—the air and the earth, which led him to a series of large-scale drawings, part of a global, integrative comprehension of the world. Both his solo works and collaborative projects were markedly influenced by constructivism and rooted in algorithm, so that each element of a work was also a data bit. Flondor was also interested in how his para-architectural forms react in response to their surroundings.

Field-Sun, 1967

waxcrayon on paper, 70 x 100 cm

He used photography and film as a means for documenting the capture of time and in order to make chronological notes. These works based on photographic techniques later served as the basis for his large-scale drawing series. Likewise, his Field-Sun drawing (1967) was also based on lengthy observations and (photographic) studies.