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Newest Collection: SRMA - Solemnly Revered Modern Art

18 March 2019

This week's new collection is SRMA. Thematically, these works are meant to be serious and revered, worthy of attention and care. On a compositional level, the works are almost a call back to an earlier, NWMA-ish, style - significantly more coarse in composition, with bolder colors and a less delicate style. This is most overt in Hall Holding Hues, a work that uses the same motif as Rainbow Outside a Cave, with agressive levels of color saturation. The emphasis on horizontal lines helps the work feel contiguous like a hallway. Limits of Our Consideration is more interpretive, again reusing motifs that have been seen before and again aggressively focusing on saturation, but at the same time using a lovely lavender as its primary hue and a nice deep blue as a secondary color. The wavering borders between the lavender and the white on the left side of the picture, and the vertical lines, are meant to symbolize the limits of which the work's title speaks, and it's notable that they are fading into each other - the limits are fading, gradually. Noble Spirit of a Unicorn is simple and straightforward, a negative space-focused work that makes the most sense after a prolonged viewing. This work is one of the more Rorschach-y ones, the area of black space and white lines lending itself to many possible interpretations besides the one that the work's title goes with. The background of the work is a pale green fading into an unconventional yellow-green, which is interesting. Unlit Candle in a Bowl is a work that uses positive space in a way that only negative space is usually used. The darkness of the background sweeps around into the foreground to isolate the candle, and the colors just barely perceptible from the background almost give the impression of smoke rising from a point out of view, perhaps an allusion to more candles that are lit, unlike the one in front of us. And finally of note, Hail of Sunlight is simply a beautiful usage of color against black, a radiant white-yellow-orange gradient in a valley of shadow, illuminating a red area right in the foreground. Despite how much of the work is covered in blackness, it maintains a sense of depth and an impeccable composition. Please enjoy!



This is a good example of a work with a cohesive texture that allows it to utilize complimentary colors in close proximity to each other. Incorporating the whole trinity of red, blue, and yellow, and using a combination of vertical and horizontal lines (and the absence thereof) to define the depth of various parts of the image, make this an excellent composition.



This is a simple work that focuses on design with a nice, fairly uncommon background color that complements the design well. The work's vertical lines help to emphasize the power of the spell being performed.



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.



This work exemplifies elegant simplicity with both its design and its color scheme. The interesting texture in the blue background of the work simply complements the consistent tone and texture of the reddish foreground, with the contours of the image just suggesting the shape of a suit jacket without being too overt.



This work uses Moire to its fullest extent. A neon pulse comes from one edge of the image, breaking up and causing cracks in some structure. The pulse's light illuminates the colors and textures of the structure, displaying rough bits of color. This is one of the most fascinating works in MOMA's galleries, with a lot of depth and an inventive and fantastic image. There is a lot to ponder here.