harsh - Jonathan medina

The theme I have chosen is based on many factors in art that come together for each of these pieces.  With high saturation, these images all use cell shading, which is a hard way of giving shadows. These images also acquire the taste of using extremely bold and intense line work to give a harsh cartoon-esque style that creates this aesthetic. The images in this gallery also use lots of 


 in their work to create shadows.

Red Barn, Roy Lichtenstein, 1969, From the collection of: Huntington Museum of Art
Red Barn by Roy Lichtenstein is one of my favorites in this gallery because of its line work. It is very fluid and bold that creates a show in itself. I also love the repetition of the dots in the image that makes up the sky and even the texture of the side of the barn.
Alka Seltzer, Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), 1966, From the collection of: The Art Institute of Chicago
Alka Seltzer, which is also by Roy Lichtenstein, uses hard lines to create shadows. The cel shading in this image also creates a repetition with the several lines giving the look of reflection. Another form of repetition that makes this piece part of the gallery is the several dots creating the background.
Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow, Piet Mondrian, 1930, From the collection of: Kunsthaus Zürich
Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow by Piet Mondrian inspired me to create this gallery because of its use of color and line work. With the blocks, it is complete primary colors. The colors make the art of this piece. I also love the pattern of the lines that give the impression that this work is part of a bigger piece.
Tableau (yellow, black, blue, red and grey), Piet Mondrian, 1929, From the collection of: Museu Coleção Berardo
Tableau (Yellow, Black, Blue, Red and Grey) which is a piece also created by Piet Mondrian feels like it lives in the same universe as the Composition piece because of it’s geometrical, patterned line work. I love how they use analogous between the orange and yellow, but then again with the black and grey, which makes this art seem very repetitious and almost feels like it gives off the feeling of “organization”
Self Portrait, Andy Warhol, 1967, From the collection of: Detroit Institute of Arts
Andy Warhol’s Self Portrait is one of the best examples of using cel shading with hard colors. This image uses complimentary colors on the left portrait and then the second is the inverted opposite. I love this pattern and I feel like it could go on forever. I also love the hard line work dividing the two images from each other.
Obey - Shepard Fairey, Obama portrait, Obey - Shepard Fairey, From the collection of: Museum of Street Art
The Obama Portrait was created under the obey brand which is from Shepard Fairey. In this image he uses lots of repetition with the copy and paste style of imagery in with the voting ballad graphic, the pinwheel design, and the images inside of the pinwheel. This propaganda-ridden artwork also includes the cel shading; with it’s hard colored shadowing on Obama’s face.
untitled, OBEY, 2013, From the collection of: Street Art 13
The piece is untitled by OBEY, yet is strikingly similar to the portrait of Obama’s face. The harsh shading on the face wraps around to the background as well. With the complimentary red color it really makes a bold approach onto the portrait. The line work is also similar to the Red Barn by Roy Lichtenstein because of how the hard lines create shading as well as definition as to what this image depicts.
Kassák Lajos: Dynamic Construction, Lajos Kassák, 1922, From the collection of: Petőfi Literary Museum
Dynamic Construction by Lajos Kassák uses the analogous just like the Tableau with the same color scheme even, and it’s abstract line work and shapes, to me; strikingly resembles Construction. This image fits the aesthetic of this gallery because of Its repetition on the colors and line work direction.
Bicentennial Print, Roy Lichtenstein, 1975, From the collection of: Inter-American Development Bank
Bicentennial Print by Roy Lichtenstein perfectly mixes modern art with pop art. The simplistic look filled of thick bold lines, perfectly describes this gallery’s theme between the harsh colors, harsh lines, harsh shading, and the multitude of repetition. The lines that are bold stand out to me because of how they break apart the image and then also become a part of each image within itself. And the samples of patterns also all seem to be in a repetition on itself with the two exact same boat engines and the even amount of sunrays on either side.
Artist's Studio, Patrick Caulfield, 1964, From the collection of: Arts Council Collection
The very last image in my gallery is the Artist’s Studio by Patrick Caulfield, which fits into this theme with its colors and line work as well. The bold lines become a shape in itself on the right side of the image, which I feel is a really creative way to break the image up. Along with that the high saturated, complimentary colors make this abstract image very interesting to look at.
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