Stella used many different materials in the construction of this work, including particleboard, cardboard, felt, and house paint. What effect do the different materials have on the composition? Would the work have the same effect if it were made from just one material? Create an abstract composition experimenting with different materials such as wood, fabric, cardboard and paint.
This piece has been described as bas-relief. What is bas-relief? Research the term and various reliefs throughout history from the ancient Romans to Frank Stella. What makes Pilica II a bas-relief? What are some ways bas-relief have been used?
Stella’s Pilica II is an abstract work. What does abstract mean? What is the opposite of abstract? Since abstract works do not necessarily have clear subject matter, write a poem about this composition. What does it portray? What kind of feelings does it convey?
Pilica II is a composition from Stella’s Polish Village series. Pilica is the place in Poland where there was a synagogue that was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. Research Pilica using reference books and also the Internet. Where was Pilica? What happened there? Does anything about the composition suggest destruction?
What different shapes can you find in this painting? What kinds of lines are there? What effect do these lines have? Are they geometric or organic shapes? Are the lines straight, curved, or zigzag?