Abstract Expressionism 1.Wassily Kandinsky
A. "Red Spot 1"
Oil on Canvas
In my opinion, this one definitely goes into the contrast/chaos category. I love how Kandinsky uses the different colors for his expressions and it seems to work. The lines, to me, are repetition. How he uses the same types of strokes and the dots re what stands out to me.
B. "Picture with a black Arch" 1912
Oil on canvas
The black lines are the repetition in this painting. The strokes may be different sizes, but the fact that they are black resembles repetition to me. With that said, the scale is the same as the one above. I see contrast with a hint of chaos. Believe it or not, I see more chaos in the one above. The black lines give it some type of harmony.
2. Clyfford Still
oil on canvas 105 x 81 inches
Def, def, definitely contrast. I see chaos in all of the reds. The black marks add to the painting and with the way they arranged, it gives me a sense of chaos. The repetition, of course, is the black marks with the use of red painting. It's not similar, but that does not mean it is not repetition. I keep seeing the black and red and that to me is repetition.
oil on canvas
113 x 155 inches
No harmony whatsoever in this painting. With the marks looking like they are pointing downward, it gives me the sense of repetition. I keep seeing the same thing over and over with the marks. The black marks are in the background, but I see the reds more. I am attracted to those more and therefore see the contrast in the painting.
A. Alternate diagonals of March 2. 1964 (to Don Judd)
Daylight and cool white fluorescent tubing
144 x 12 in
First, it is apparent that the materials used are fluorescent lighting. All I see is harmony. Well that's what I get out of it. The way the lights are arranged and the direction they seem to be going in, is pure harmony to me; no contrast. Due to the amount of lights being used, that's how I can explain repetition. More than one is being used, and the brightness is hard to ignore, it gives me the sense of repetition. Honestly, all I really see is lights being arranges in an organized manner.
B. Greens crossing Greens, 1966
Green fluorescent light
2- and 4-ft. fixtures,
4 feet 5 inches x 19 feet 2 1/4 inches x 12 feet
Now this one is a bit more interesting to me. I chose these two because I can see how he became more comfortable with the lights. I do see a bit of contrast. Yes, he still uses the lights, and they are set in a harmonic fashion, but the way they are arranged gives me a sense of constrast. I want to look in both direction. Again, the repetition is due to the fact that only lights are being used. But I do like this one. Although it is nothing but lights like the top, the color and the way it is arranged, give it a more interesting outlook.
2. Frank Stella
A. Ifafa 1,from V series 1968
lithograph, printed in color
41.3 h x 56.7 w cm
I can see there is no argument here that repetition is being used and how. But to clarify, the v's give the repetition away. I see pure harmony is how they are arranged and printed out and that they seem to be aligned perfectly well. Doesn't really do much for my eyes except show me a bunch of v's. But I do like that they are very clean and soemtimes you just need to see that.
B. Tomlinson Court Park, 1959 Enamel on canvas 84 x 109 in
Love, love how the rectangles are arranged. I know it's pretty simple, but this is something that attracts you instantly to it. You may not like it but you cannot help but too look and examine it further. With that said, harmony is applied and very well. The eyes want to keep moving towards the center. Which lead to my repetition. The repetition of the rectangles is what make this artwork function.
1. Joel Shapiro
A. Untitled, 1975
Overall: 2 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 in.
(6.68 x 12.06 x 15.88 cm
The only sense of repetition I get is the layout. I chose this one because I like that it is something so plain but intricate at the same time. You want to say it's nothing more that an iron box but yet you ponder it it may be something more. On this one, I am in between. I do see harmony, but I also see contrast. I see contrast in the sense that there is a cast iron box but it's not meant for that. The harmony comes in when I see the shape and can't help but assume that it is a box.
B. Untitled, 1983-1987
73 in. x 39 1/2 in. x 14 in
So, Joel went a bit crazier (I guess) on this one. This sits on the harmony side for me. The shapes and the media speak nothing but harmony to m. I could say I see some contrast due to the long stem like shape, but it's more harmonic that anything else. The repetition, of course, is that he is using the bronze and bending it to create this magnificent shape that had come about. It is the same media used over and over to create this masterpiece.
2. Cecil Touchon
A. Post-Dogmatist Painting #288 Acrylic on Canvas
Well the repetition is definitely in the patterns being used. I really liket he colors that were used in this painting. I see contrast due to the layout and the placement of the yellow compared to the blue. I want to see a pattern but can't seem to find one. I don't however see it chaotic. It sees to balance itself out with the amount of blue to the yellow.
B. Post-Dogmatist Painting #289
Acrylic on Canvas
This one is a pleaser to me. I see the repetition in the patterns of the black and white. I see them as letters that have been cut off and somehow trying to find a way to get back together. I'm torn between harmony and contrast. I see harmony because, like I said, they appear to be letters trying to fing their way back. But I also see the contrast in how they appear to be stacking on op of each other.
1.Richard Wentworth A. Baton 2000
177.2 x 69.8 cm
I cannot stop thinking about the Disturbed song, Dropping Plates!(lol) But on a serious note, the continuance of the plates scream repetition to me. I see harmony and harmony again. I do like it though. It reminds me of a crazy party and this is the results. I enjoy the very precise cuts down the middle of the plates.
B. Sky Munich, 2000
Mixed media h: 36.5 x w: 25 x d: 25 cm h: 14.4 x w: 9.8 x d: 9.8 in
The only repetition I get fom this is the measuring tape that is wrapping around the pitcher. The way it is arranged, my eyes want to follow it and see where it leads it it leads to anything. SInce I do see repetition, the tape gives me the vibe of contrast. How the size of the tape compared to the pitcher is not at all harmonic and that the tape is taking over, it seems a bit chaotic to me. Not that I don't like it, it's just that I dom't know if others will see it that way. (they will now though)