Surveying The Merchandise by blankfrancine ()
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Traditional collage and the Gimp.
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Image Comments (21)
This is quite an elegant piece of work! I can see this on a museum wall, looked at by people wearing black turtlenecks, and speaking in various art gallery accents. That's a good thing! This is a marvel. I love the repetition (at least in terms of overall shapes) and the way everything seems to flow and interact. Wonderful work.
Mandi, I saved you for the last days of my visit this time, because I want to sit with you for a while, and reflect and look deeply. But I've been called away this weekend, and will have to come back in the next week or so. But let me do one more for now, because I just want you to know how much I've been moved and excited by what you've done in 2D and collage, and of course in your ongoing work with digital art. I'll come back for more soon. You show an amazing sense of what the cubists sought, in this work. And also the abstractions of the 20's and 30's in general. The traditional elements have been transformed into many shapes that resemble a number of early 20th C artists, and show a great deal of understanding of modeling for shape and curve, of the language of rectilinear objects thrown against each other in a big traffic jam---and the music created by their juxtapositions---of many 'neutral' hues such as grays, silver grays, bleached browns and reds etc, of the more saturated hues throughout as contrast, of your fascination with line and its interactions---many in 90 degree angles to each other (a geometric theme)---of bits of recognizable forms (just as in your wholly digital works), of exploration of a metallic "morph"---a totally random term here---by which I clumsily mean the move from light gray to dark gray to black, across a surface, something you do in a number of these rectilinear shapes. Like little ridges in each shape. (These speak of pencil work, or charcoal, or perhaps crayon or pastels: The gradations from light to deep hues speak of hand rubbing or at least increased pressure from a pencil, etc. If you did it digitally, you emulated the physical quite well.) And the suggestion of a face. And of course the pileup of many things into a big mound, filled with rhythms and repetitions, a kind of artistic molecular train wreck. It has shades of the cubists, but it feels like your other work in that you put so much suggestion into this piece, what these things could be, where they come from, etc. And "merchandise" suggests a vast storehouse of things. (Saul Steinberg also drew shapes like this, as well as those gray morphs...perhaps you know his work. If you don't, he's a must for you.) (I don't know if much is available online, at least of quality. And his abstractions may be harder to find than his people cartoons and drawings.) I'd love to see this much larger. I can't tell you how thrilled I was when you started posting more 2D, along with explorations of pure shape and hue; it's not that I ever grew tired of your other work! But that this was such a thrill to see from you. I hope you continue, as long as it calls you. Terrific image. I'll be back in the next couple of weeks, even if I'm absent from here overall...I've been absent from your gallery too long, and have wanted to sit here for a while. I hope you're doing well, Mandi, and continue to be inspired and ever searching...love what you've done.