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Newest Collection: MANM - Modern Art Not Maintained


14 January 2019


This week's new collection is MANM. This collection houses mainly abstract works whose titles tie them in loosely with the theme of the collection. Another trend with these works is that they tend to be sharp in design and composition. The first work of note exemplifies this: Unfocused Maintainer, a sharp work in blue and cyan. The many arms of the figure in the center are meant to symbolize the lack of focuse of the subject of the work, and the activity with which it builds and maintains the structures behind itself. Next, Energy Flow in Sewage is a dim work with an unusually effective sense of lighting and highlights, as a result of its interesting usage of color. The contours of the work, combined with its coloration and use of negative space to provide both the distant background and the obstruction in the front of the work, help give the work depth. As Creators Carve the Hills is another work with good depth, this time due almost entirely to its shading and the contours created by interesting uses of negative space. The color scheme is a normal red vs blue contrast, but at a substantially lower saturation than usual. Tireless Lonely Heart is a peach-colored work whose contours do a lot of the work in defining its subject and goals, with vertical lines used to accentuate the structure of the work on a contour level. And finally of note, my personal favorite work this week is Caught, Trapped, and Okay, because it goes beyond the typical work in its composition and themes. It is a very modern, young work in its themes: depressing, hopeless, but willing to work with the situation and make the best of it. On an artistic level, the work is sharp and has an unusual but tasteful color scheme.

SPMA >

CASUAL BUSINESS


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.

MAPE >

UNIVERSAL REBIRTH


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.

MMAO >

GRADIENT IN STAGES


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.

IPMA >

ROLLING SUNSET BREEZE


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.

UMA >

WARP


A fairly early work, Warp is one of the gallery's first instances of this sort of rough texture, and this texture still remains a rarity. A very abstract work, yet one with a definite measure of feeling behind it.