Three Flags

Three American Flags by Jasper Johns
Three American Flags by Jasper Johns

Three Flags (1954-1955) by the American artist Jasper Johns is one of a series of flag paintings by the artist.

johns with flag in studio
johns with flag in studio

Johns also made a series of target and number paintings during the same period. In this piece the artist painted three separate flags and attached them to each other, creating a three-dimensional object.

“Do something, do something to that, and then do something to that.” Jasper Johns.

 Jasper Johns Flag Interview

 

Johns Jasper Ideas in Paint 1989

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Greek Columns

Greek Columns

Greek Columns

Three Greek columns; Ionic, Corinthian and Doric made up of the capital, shaft and base. Of the three columns found in Greece, Doric columns are the simplest. They have a capital (the top, or crown) made of a circle topped by a square. The shaft (the tall part of the column) is plain and has 20 sides.

There is no base in the Doric order. The Doric order is very plain, but powerful-looking in its design. Doric, like most Greek styles, works well horizontally on buildings, that’s why it was so good with the long rectangular buildings made by the Greeks. The area above the column, called the frieze [pronounced “freeze”], had simple patterns.

Above the columns are the metopes and triglyphs. The metope [pronounced “met-o-pee”] is a plain, smooth stone section between triglyphs. Sometimes the metopes had statues of heroes or gods on them. The triglyphs are a pattern of 3 vertical lines between the metopes.

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Conceptualize

Human beings use threes to conceptualize everything. Three data points are enough to describe an entire set. Take time for example. We break it into before, during, and after. Look at the basic structure of color.

For example, primary colors in pigment (red, yellow, & blue) make up all colors. Color is also classified into primary, secondary, and tertiary. Look at our basic sentence structure to communicate. Subject, verb, object. In Japan the ordering is subject, object, verb, but they both utilize three components to communicate. The list goes on and on and on. . .

Features Section

ImageThis section includes three videos and three songs of Three is the Magic Number. This includes songs and videos by School House Rock, Blind Melon and De La Soul. We also include a featured article by the late Professor Alan Dundees on the number three in American culture. This section concludes with an interview with Zip FM, Tokyo, Japan by Michael S Eck, author of The Book of Threes.

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