Aleksandr Rodchenko and Vladimir Mayakovsky

Aleksandr Rodchenko and Vladimir Mayakovsky

“Into Production!”: The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism

Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930)

Aleksandr Rodchenko was one of the most versatile Constructivist and Productivist artists (Productivism) to emerge after the Russian Revolution. He worked as a painter and graphic designer before turning to photomontage and photography. His photography was socially engaged, formally innovative, and opposed to a painterly aesthetic. Concerned with the need for analytical-documentary photo series, he often shot his subjects from odd angles—usually high above or down below—to shock the viewer and to postpone recognition. He wrote: "One has to take several different shots of a subject, from different points of view and in different situations, as if one examined it in the round rather than looked through the same key-hole again and again.

Originally Rodchenko studied fine art and painting, but later gave that up for graphic design. The work that got him noticed was his graphic poster designs. His work shows great use of type, such as the scale he uses and the movement it seems to create. He worked with the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky creating a series of advertising posters. Mayakovsky wrote the text and slogans for the posters and became a close friend. Rodchenko also created magazine cover layouts and illustrations,  for this he liked using a photomontage method. Their work introduced modern art into Russian advertising.  In his poster designs Aleksandr Rodchenko uses strong contrasts, bold colours and arranges them so it gives a maximum impact which contrasts with the photomontage. He also used bold sans-serif type which was used throughout Russia. He also uses figure ground in his work, which is a technique which are still using today as doing this makes the image look more satisfying.His work inspired many people even today. Constructivism didn’t like art for the sake of art, they thought that art should have a deeper meaning and purpose.

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A MAN AIN’T A MAN WITHOUT A WATCH. A WATCH AIN’T A WATCH IF IT AIN’T A MOSER. A MOSER AIN’T NOWHERE BUT AT GUM.  1923
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) A MAN AIN’T A MAN..
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BEST EVER NIPPLES, THAT AIN’V NO LIE READY TO SUCK THEM TIL THE MOMENT I DIE REZINOTREST (RUBBERTRUST) 1923s
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) BEST EVER NIPPLES..
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COMFORT? EXPENSIVE? NOT AT ALL! JUST COME OVER TO GUM AND GET IT! FINEST CARPETS FOR YOUR FLOOR OR WALL, AND WHAT’S BEST, AVAILABLE
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) COMFORT? EXPENSIV..
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COMRADE GIRLS! COMRADE BOYS! ASK YOUR MOTHERS FOR THESE BALLS. 1923
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) COMRADE GIRLS! CO..
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COMRADES, THERES NOTHING TO DISCUSS SPORTS WILL STRENGTHEN ALL OF US MIGHT MAKES RIGHT SO OFF YOU GO AND GET THIS FIGHTING-STRENGTH
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) COMRADES, THERE’S..
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GUM IS YOUR LIFE PRESERVER, SO SAVE YOURSELVES HIGH QUALITY GOOD AND CHEP IS WHAT YOU’LL FIND ON ALL OUR SHELVES 1923
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) GUM IS YOUR LIFE ..
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I EAT COOKIES BY THE RED OCTOBER FACTORY, FORMER EINEM. I BUY NOWHERE ELSE BUT AT MOSSELPROM!  1923s
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) I EAT COOKIES BY ..
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LOOK, EASTERN PEOPLE, THEY BEG TO BE BOUGHT THE BEST GALOSHES OUR CAMEL HAS BROUGHT. 1924
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) LOOK, EASTERN PEO..
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NO MATTER HOW HARD STORMS TRY, MY GALOSHES ALWAYS KEEP ME DRY. OVERSHOES BY REZINOTREST NEVER LET ME FEEL DEPRESSED! 1923
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) NO MATTER HOW HAR..
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NO ROOM FOR DOUBT, FOR THOUGHTS NO ROOM - EVERYTHING FOR WOMEN IS ONLY IN GUM! 1923
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) NO ROOM FOR DOUBT..
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ONLY IN MOSSELPROM – NOWHERE ELSE.  1923s
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) ONLY IN MOSSELPRO..
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REZINOTREST PROTECTS YOU WHEN THE PUDDLES ARE DEEP ALL EUROPE WITHOUT GALOSHES WILL WEEP   1923
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) REZINOTREST PROTE..
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THE MOST BUSINESSLIKE, THE NEATEST ONE – GET A MOSER AT GUM!   1923s
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) THE MOST BUSINESS..
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THEY ARE THE BEST GALOSHES BY RESINOTREST THEY WEAR THEM IN THE SOUTH AND NORTH AS WELL AS IN THE EAST AND WEST   1925
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) THEY ARE THE BEST..
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VISITORS FROM DACHAS, VILLAGES AND TOWNS YOU NEEDIN’T WEAR THE SOLES OF YOUR SHOES DOWN YOU’LL FIND EVERYTHING IN GUM AT LAST
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) VISITORS FROM DAC..
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WE SHALL JUST LET YOU KNOW WE DON’T NEED TO PERSUADE YOU - THAT DUTCH COOKING OIL IS THE BEST TO UPGRADE YOUR SALADS AND SAUCES
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) WE SHALL JUST LET..
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WE WANT PENCILS BY MOSPOLYGRAPH – THEY ARE GOOD ENOUGH!  1923
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) WE WANT PENCILS B..
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WHERE IS FINE LUNCH WHERE IS LUNCH ON CREDIT FOR WORKERS WHERE DO YOU MEET EVERYBODY AT LUNCH WHERE CAN YOU READ ALL NEWSPAPERS
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) WHERE IS FINE LUN..
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WORKERS! ATTENTION! THE TABLE OIL’S THREE TIMES CHEAPER THAN BUTTER AND MORE NUTRITIOUS THAN ALL OTHER OILS! 1923
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) WORKERS! ATTENTIO..
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WORKERS! INFLATION AND NEP ARE NO LONGER A THREAT! NOW YOU CAN BUY CHEAP BREAD! 1923
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) WORKERS! INFLATIO..
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“TRYOKHGORNOYE” AND “KHAMOVNICHESKOE” BEER  1923
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) “TRYOKHGORNOYE” A..
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“TRYOKHGORNOYE” BEER WILL MAKE OBSOLETE MOONSHINE AND SLY GROG, AND SNEAKY PETE. MOSSELPROM.  1925
Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) “TRYOKHGORNOYE” B..
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