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New Collection: MAHC - Modern Art Human Constructions

12 February 2018

This week's new collection is MAHC. To conclude our "humanity" series, this collection focuses on depictions of things that humans may have built - the legacy, it could be said, of humanity. As usual, many of these works tend towards the abstract, but one of the least so is Finned Propellerboat, a red-focused work with interesting and fairly selective use of certain common motifs. The propellor and fin (or, if you prefer, the rudder) are clearly visible in this work, and the rest of the boat is depicted as more of a raft, floating on a surface unseen beneath the red sky. A Viewing Structure is only slightly more abstract, with a pleasant green focus and an extremely sharp and well-defined texture. The "viewing structure" of the picture is the construction in the center; the way that the left and right edges seem to fall off of the bottom implies its elevation. Sinnisgrin Lantern is a bit more abstract, focusing more on its colors, but its general shape, location, and orientation still gets across its intended meaning. The coloring style in this work, in particular, is quite striking – almost fluorescent green and yellow light from the middle of the work, fading out into a deep and intense orange in deliberate, layered strokes. Sufficeful Living Situation is even more abstract - perhaps the most so in this whole collection. What it is meant to represent is more metaphorical and figurative, anyhow, and its coloration and texture reinforce this: an imperfect, yet solid, golden fixture in the midground of the picture, resting upon a blackened hill with a bright sand at the bottom, against a navy blue twilight. But my personal favorite work this week is Token of Arms, a much lighter work that, while less abstract, is also less comprehensible, depicting the baring of armaments as a show of force, in its own Modern Art way. Please enjoy!


24 April 2017

A calming work, representative of an entire class of the works in this gallery. The sunset motif is heavily visible in the background's orange-red color scheme, with the setting sun reflected in the lighter areas of the background. The feeling rolls across the smooth yet turbulent foreground from light into shadow, representing the shift from day into night.


26 September 2016

This work uses Moire to its fullest extent. A neon pulse comes from one edge of the image, breaking up and causing cracks in some structure. The pulse's light illuminates the colors and textures of the structure, displaying rough bits of color. This is one of the most fascinating works in MOMA's galleries, with a lot of depth and an inventive and fantastic image. There is a lot to ponder here.


22 October 2015

The name of this work is inspired by its intense warmth. Comprable, perhaps, to the surface of the planet Venus, only with less noxious gas. Like the planet venus, as Venerean Landscape ascends from the bottom, rises in altitude, it becomes less intense and more calming, to match Venus's upper atmosphere and general exterior appearance. Perhaps it is an utterly hellish place, but at least from our point of view, Venus is indeed a truly beautiful planet.


19 November 2015

Some sort of wave travels along, and as it reaches the center of this work it expands and reaches a sort of explosion, from which it departs in a marvelous array of colors. It is abstraction incarnate - what this picture really displays is impossible to understand, but it begs to be examined and reexamined, and admired for its beauty, its incomprehensibility.


22 May 2015

Why are ponds green? I dunno. But then, sometimes you just have to jump in, and maybe it'll make sense. This was the first work in the Monitors of Modern Art library, and is a very strong start. It is a beautiful, yet simple, metaphor.