Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Stopping Now - Art


Calling upon the visual image of a stoplight, Stopping Now is an intriguing abstract painting featuring vibrant color composition and strong lines. This painting portrays the stoplight in an interesting fashion. The red and the yellow lights are shown in their typical shape – a circular light that flashes on to direct traffic. However, as the title suggests, the painting is not depicting the action of “going,” which would be suggested by a green light, or the action of “being stopped,” which would be shown by the red light, but rather it shows the action of “stopping now,” an action indicated by a yellow light.

In accordance with this focus, the yellow light is not constrained by boundaries, but rather it fills the painting to the edges. The black regions of the painting represent the stoplight itself. The stoplight’s arm reaches out to block oncoming traffic, the vehicles represented by the rectangular shapes shown against the yellow background. This painting gives a very witty image of a stoplight imposing its rule onto the cars passing by.

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