Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Raised Threat - Art


Raised Threat is a dark piece with a foreboding figure featured in the center of the painting. The dark gray column that rises from the bottom of the painting depicts the rising threat alluded to in the painting’s title. The column has a definite feeling of upward movement, as if the threat has not yet reached its peak, but rather continues to rise at an alarming rate. The dark, monochromatic color scheme gives this figure a forbidding impression, and it seems to dominate the painting entirely, looming over everything with a menacing power.
The shape of the column is also important to note. Its fast upward movement, and general shape vaguely resemble a mushroom cloud that results from a nuclear explosion. Perhaps the threat mentioned in the title is a nuclear threat that continues to rise as the world’s politics become more and more embroiled in conflict and controversy. The threat of a nuclear explosion is quite real and very dangerous, for such an explosion could destroy life as mankind currently understands it. Raised Threat is an intriguing piece that brings up important ideas that are particularly relevant to the current state of the modern world.

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