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Newest Collection: MAGB - Modern Art Getting By

18 February 2019

This week's new collection is MAGB. This collection emphasizes a resigned feeling, just making it through the day without fanfare, and maybe with some difficulty. It conveys a contradictory lack of particular interest portrayed by each work. One simple example is Relaxing against a Hill, a very simple work whose horizontal lines impart depth and a sense of activity and movement to the work's background, contrasting with the plain and fairly static foreground and the small figure leaning against it. The work also maintains an interesting sense of scale, based around the size of its protagonist. Swaying in Flight is another fairly standard work, focused on negative space and with both a plain foreground and a plain background. As is usual with this type of work, the lines of negative space serve to emphasize the contours of the work and the motion of the figure it portrays. Crawling Around Traps has a bright yet slightly unsaturated yellow background accompanied by a rough texture, but is another fairly standard negative space-focused work. The division between the foreground and background of the work is fairly clear by the contours of said foreground where it fades into layers, and the crawling figure in the front is clearly distinguishable from what lies behind it due to the vertical lines. Said lines also serve as traps, being avoided by the figure as it attempts to get from one side of the image to the other. Cultivating Wine is an unusual burghundy color, with a clear division between foreground, midground, and background enunciated by differences in color and by vertical and horizontal lines respectively. The work principally makes use of three shades - white for the foreground, burghundy for the midground, and a matching light red for the background - with some other colors for highlights and, of course, black to represent the figure doing the cultivation. The color of this work is what most plays into the meaning it tries to convey. And finally of note is Building in the Earliest Times, an interesting and colorful work with excellent use of color transitions and lighting, affecting all parts of the image and the figure that takes precedence. Please enjoy!



This work is overtly positive, mainly through its choice of palette. And yet, it remains somber, also partly through its choice of palette, as well as in structure as the negative space in the foreground seems to gaze into the distance. It also serves as a good example of a work that shines in its simplicity.



This work is the premier work of its style - tissue-paper shading, as I call it - in this entire gallery. Pleasantly abstract, this work is not without uniqueness and charm in its relative simplicity.



Shielded Seaview is a work so elegant in its simplicity yet so well accomplishing what it means to do, all with a unique and soothing violet color scheme, that it bears profound respect. The gradient from light to dark is very gradual, and is placed perfectly on a flat border to delimit the sky from the water reflecting it, in one of the best compositions of any work in this gallery.



This work is especially impressive for its flaky, almost pastel-gradient style of shading, and an oddly digital texture that manifests itself more and more closer to the center of the image. These features underscore an incredible transition from a dark red to a deep blue, step by step, in an elegant way.



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.