Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Bomb - Art

The Bomb, a disturbing piece in stark shades of red and black, is a commentary on the nature and history of human weapons and war. The explosive burst of red that covers the painting’s landscape represents the explosion of a powerful bomb in the context of a war. Red is commonly associated with heat and fire, the natural offspring of any explosion. The red plumes of fire seem to rise upward from the source of the explosion, wafting up toward the sky.

The black streak that crosses the image of the explosion is a significant commentary on the detonation of this bomb. In one sense, the black mark forbids the explosion, crossing it out in disapproval. In another sense, this black streak mars the painting’s landscape. Otherwise, the image of the explosion could be seen as beautiful. The black mark disrupts the landscape, a symbol of the destruction and human sorrow that accompanies this breathtaking phenomenon.

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