Modern Art Preview III

This is the third preview in a series of five showcasing the style of one of the artists for a new edition of Modern Art shown with generous permission of the publisher. For more information and release date you may read the first installment.

Many times artists will seek to capture a fixed moment in time through their art. The impressionists, for example, often challenged the notion of color and form by recording the effects of light in the environment at a moment. The challenge for viewers here is that our minds tell us what color things should be based on our experience. A stucco church should be natural colored. A green tree should be green. A mountain should be green, brown or such. But if one really would stop to study that object, one is most likely going to find that it is not the color they would expect. Light – whether direct or reflected – alters the expected color that the viewer finally perceives in unexpected ways to the untrained. A mountain, for instance, might be purple if it is far enough away. Here, the dust in the air between the viewer and the mountain bend the light waves in such a way for it to be seen as purple. Such careful observations reveal the unexpected and can be very delightful when one is open to them.

Another fixed point in time that is fascinating to examine is that moment that hangs right on the threshold of discovery. It is the tension and focus to breaking a code and that split second where the neurons make the right connection toward discovery. It is that point when walking down a long road and observing a blob in the distance that you realize that that blob is another person. Walk a little further and after studying and studying the figure, you find that the person is walking toward you. It is that moment, right before you can tell it is a man. That moment just before you recognize that, holy cow, that's Bob ...or whomever. When an artist can find that moment that eludes a viewer for just a bit, they have created something that engages the viewer. Such engagement becomes something of a game. What is that? Or why is that this way? By involving the viewer in such a way, the artist can draw one into the piece and make the experience even more memorable and lasting.

The artist pictured here, examines the effects of color on the seascape/landscape and pushes those moments where a simple collection of colored lines and blobs fall right near discovery of something greater. At first, the image is but perhaps just color blotches. After observation a landscape appears. To aid in recognizing the landscape or seascape are the hills in the horizon and the formation of clouds and particulars of the way colors fall on them. To me, this was a fascinating exploration that yielded quiet moments of reflection filled with joyous combinations of colors.

I hope you enjoy.

– Mike