Friday, October 16, 2009

Imagined Congestion - Art


This abstract piece has multiples layers, and the colors are strong and compliment each other. This piece has an almost cluttered appearance upon first viewing. The many colors, shapes, and patterns superimposed on top of one another is at once disorienting and puzzling. Yet this untitled piece has much to offer upon closer inspection. It is intriguing to see how the patterns were layered on top of each other, which can be discerned by looking closely. A jumble of green and brown lines is entangled, and straight, lavender-colored lines strike through the jungle of green and brown, imposing order onto the piece.

The choice of green and brown for the unruly tangle of lines is clear – green and brown represent nature and its often-unmanageable unpredictability. The lavender color represents man’s influence. Often considered to be an artificial color, purple is rarely found in nature. The straight and logical lines of man impose an artificial order onto the unruly tangles of nature. Yet the imposed order is indeed artificial; viewers of the painting can see that the green and brown lines overwhelm the painting, showing man’s efforts at imposing straight, logical order are quite fruitless.

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