International Terminal

Boarding Area G - Level 3
Mondrian Meets The Beatles

Mondrian Meets The Beatles 2017

Kota Ezawa
Plywood, steel framework
30 ft. x 40 ft.
SFAC 136

In this diorama-like construction, The Beatles are shown exiting an airplane on their first US tour in 1964. The colored rectangles superimposed onto this scene are based on Piet Mondrian’s Composition C (1935). By combining an archival image with an abstract composition, this work attempts to free the photograph of its documentary status while adding a narrative to a set of seemingly static primary color fields. Mondrian Meets The Beatles also imagines a meeting that never took place between a painter and music band, each of which revolutionized their respective fields of culture.