Mondrian Meets the Beatles
Mondrian Meets the Beatles was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission for the San Francisco International Airport. Part of Ezawa's Geometry of Rock and Roll series, in which visionaries in the fields of visual arts and music are paired, the woodcut, wall-mounted sculpture combines a rendering of a photograph of The Beatles exiting an airplaine in San Francisco on their first US tour in 1964 with Piet Mondrian’s Composition C (1935).
By combining the archival image with an abstract composition, the work attempts to free the photograph of its documentary status and to add a narrative to a set of primary color fields. The sculpture also imagines a meeting that never happened between a painter and a musical group that each revolutionized their respective fields.