Thursday, December 10, 2009

Final: There's something in the water

Alec Mill
There's something in the water, 2009, Acrylic Digitalization
I first painted the original 7 paintings featured, then scanned them to a computer, and adjusted their light and color quality with photoshop. Then I rearranged the paintings together in a repeating pattern and resized the images.

1 comment:

  1. Maia Pillot
    This piece has a good use of form, as there are six separate paintings, all composed separately, and then combined in a linear, yet diagonal way. These six entities are combined on the left side of the piece, and then each separate painting is repeated behind it two other times. On the right side, the whole linear pattern is duplicated, but now with eight repetitions of each separate painting behind each one. This duplication is proven to be done very carefully, as it looks extremely exact, how evenly it is spaced between each repetition of the same image. The repetition just in the pattern on both sides of the piece creates great balance, as if there was only one pattern on the left side of the piece, it would look lopsided. This repetition, therefore, creates a calming and complete effect.
    Continuity is used to a great extent, as the form of the piece seems to flow very well, mimicking the actual flow of water that is depicted in the piece. The first linear form starts at the top left, is connected to the next form, as one edge on each side is touching, and continues all the way down to the bottom right side of the piece, creating a great linear flow.
    The background is contrasted well to the foreground, especially in terms of color. The background makes use of dark colors, as dark blue and black are prominent, while the above layer makes use of whites, lighter blues, oranges, reds, and yellows. This is very pleasing to the eye, as it separates the darker colors from the lighter ones by each layer.
    I especially like how the process is shown to us, not just the finished piece that was completed in Photoshop. This way, one can see the exact form of the original pieces, the brush strokes, and original colors. To see the completed piece brings the whole process to a close and allows for completion, not just the artist, but also for the viewers.
    In terms of content, as Alec explained briefly in class, the main idea is about the contamination of water and how it begins as a pure form, but as it is distilled, used, and processed, it becomes dirtier and eventually leaks into nature, and therefore our lives. I especially like the way the content of the piece seems to be mimicked in the form, as the flow of water is similar to the flow of the piece.