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Newest Collection: MALM - Modern Art Line Motifs

16 September 2019

This week's new collection is MALM. This collection's theme is purely compositional, focusing on works that centrally utilize horizontal and vertical line motifs, or both at once. To begin, Tunneling in Discovery shows a block of white against a blue background, and the various tunnels and channels dug through it as negative space against the array of multicolored vertical lines. It all converges on the center of the work, as the subject presumably tunnels even further. Next, Breaking into Life is vibrant and active, using the contrast between background horizontal lines and foreground vertical lines, combined with more negative space, to give an impression of layers and depth. All the while, the contours and the motion of the subject of the work, also embodied by the negative space and the cracks running through it, are expressed in form. The particular direction in which the subject moves - towards the top-left of the image - goes together with the horizontal and vertical lines behind it, to emphasize that motion. A One's Own Framework is more subdued, sticking to a violet-centered color palette and using more gradual, smooth contours between its vertical-lines foreground and horizontal-lines background. The central figure seems like it's floating, relaxing, in this environment: relaxed and in control, as it well should be in an environment conforming to its own framework. Broken Scape is almost opposite, a hectic and frenetic work with clashing colors and a rough texture. Like the other works in this collection, however, it uses vertical lines as a foregrouna and horizontal lines as a background, though its texturing lets it play with depth somewhat, and the layers appear closer to each other than in some other works in this collection. And finally of note, Mysterious Ancient Skyline doesn't use many horizontal lines, and instead relies on coloration mainly to distinguish its background from its midground. The foreground of the work is only visible where snaking channels of negative space blot out the vertical lines of the midground, and this (along with the contours of those channels) manages to give the work a surprising amount of depth while maintaining an air of mystery. Please enjoy!



This is a fantastic work with a vey unique composition and a fascinating use of negative space and color to portray what looks like a window into a new, fantastic universe. It was taken at the same scale as most of the pixel art in this gallery, and yet does not look like pixel art at all - the work's brightness and outward motion, and blotchy shading, make it completely individual.



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.



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.



This work shines as an example of a particular shading style - Pastel Gradient, which is visible towards the top of the image as it fades from a pastel blue into a light pastel yellow. The work uses this shading, along with moire, to create a distinct impression that leads to its name.



Gradient in Stages is a work that is unapologetically genuine in a way that almost no other work in this entire gallery can be, and which manages to be wholly unique in its compositional design. Very little of this work was manufactured after the fact - what you see is almost exactly what the monitor looked like before I took the photograph, and it remains, in my opinion, the most incredible monitor I have ever found.