An Approach to the Figure and Aesthetic Ideas of Alexander J. Kostellow: Plastic Artist and Industrial Design Education Pioneer

By Jaime Francisco Gómez.

Published by The Design Collection

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At the beginning of the 1930s, the painter and plastic arts educator, Alexander Jusserand Kostellow, developed the theory of what he called the Plastic Recession of Form. The theory addressed the importance of composition elements such as negative space, recession, and surface axis in a given work of art. These aesthetic ideas led him to configure the foundation course for Industrial Design studies and training at the Pratt Institute in the second half of that decade.

Keywords: Abstraction, Art, Art Education, Industrial Design Education, Organic Form, Plastic Recession

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.33-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 582.046KB).

Dr. Jaime Francisco Gómez

Secretary, Division de Tecnologia y Procesos, University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Mr. Gomez practices Industrial Design in his native Mexico, as a graduate of the Universidad de Guadalajara. Currently a professor at his alma mater and also at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, both at their Guadalajara campuses, he has focused on teaching Digital Surface Modeling as well as Industrial Design History. Having developed a great interest in the History of Industrial Design, the role of Aesthetics, and Design Fundamentals, he has participated in the International Conference of Design History and Studies in 2006 and 2008. He is also involved in analysis and validation of digital modeling and rendering software applications.


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