Thursday, October 8, 2009

Slow Start - Art



In Slow Startt, a painting in charcoal tones, pent-up energy and feelings of anticipating are captured in an abstract image in the center of the piece. This freeform piece is quite abstract, and lacking a distinct, discernible shape. Yet one can make out a strong line in one corner, the starting line alluded to by the title. Behind the starting line is a cloud of gray, blurry and dense. This cloud represents the pent-up energy of someone waiting to begin. The anticipation of the race is captured in the looming cloud, and a sense of great expectation is evoked in the viewer.

The pent-up anticipation is delayed – the slow start alluded to in the title. The magnitude of this delayed expectation is shown in the massive size and density of the cloud behind the starting line. One whose is forced to wait to start feels his or her anticipation build up inside, until it has reached the proportions of the massive, looming cloud in the painting. Once it has reached this level, this energy must be released, and the painting’s energy seems just under this breaking point, only moments away from bursting forth.


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