My Artist Heroes series is a collections of collage boxes inspired by key artists who have creatively influenced Thomas Mann over the years.
Artist Hero Series Box with Removeable Brooch - Oskar SCHLEMMER
I was introduced to Oskar SCHLEMMER while doing research to design sets and costumes for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum during my college undergrad work in theatre.
At the same moment, I also learned about the Bauhaus, an art school which existed for only a brief 14 years from 1919 to 1933 but has been of enormous influence in the worlds of art, architecture and design ever since. Oskar, who was the Master of Form for the theatre, became my design hero in a matter of minutes and I have embraced his influence ever since. My Techno-Romantic™ style owes a huge debt of gratitude to him, what he taught his students, and what he designed and built for the theatre of the Bauhaus era.
The box sculpture with removable-wearable brooch:
His costume designs in particular were of enormous influence in my own theatrical design and this box is focused on that aspect. The brooch employs his drawing for one of his most published costume designs which also appears in the stage grouping (2nd from the left).
A neckpiece I made for the exhibition Attitude & Action, curated by Gail Brown in 2000, “Homage a Oskar Schlemmer”, also is the frontispiece of my book thomas mann: METAL ARTIST. It is inspired by a Schlemmer drawing not unlike the one used in this brooch