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Newest Collection: MALN - Modern Art Longing Nature


27 September 2021


This week's new collection is MALN. This collection focuses both on the emotions surrounding longing, and on nature itself, in its various facets. Starting off, Invasion of Leaves is a dim green, angular and cut into pieces by thin, purposeful white lines. The coloration and composition of the various segments the image is cut into are meant to represent leaves, and the general sense of motion pushes outwards, invading the surroundings with them. Gathering Green is in many ways the opposite - instead of being dark, it is bright, and instead of pushing outwards, it pulls inwards, the contours similar and yet different to indicate the contrary direction of movement. Thanks to its color scheme and general brightness, this work is inviting and comforting. Grabbing Many Footholds is again of a similar composition - its directed inwards, not in a spiral but in straight lines, and the areas of lightness it pulls towards its center are accessible and distinct. What exactly they are is up for debate - the work's title assumes they are footprints, but other interpretations may be valid as well. We All Look Vigilantly is stoic and static, possessing a sense of direction but not necessarily a sense of motion. The indecisive background contrasts with the deep blackness and stark vertical lines of color in the foreground, portraying towers and lines of sight. But my personal favorite work this week is Peek Towards the Dark, a dark and foreboding work with an aura of vigilance and stoicism. The patch of light from the tower in the upper-left defies the generally dark work, providing a source of comfort and confidence that contrasts pleasantly with the rest of the picture. Please enjoy!

SMA >

WONDER ROOM


This work is angular and blocky in an interesting way, and contains a diverse palette of different colors that don't quite mesh but yet do not disrupt each other. It's almost like a broken machine that, yet, still works through force of careful foresight and good construction. This work is also the predecessor of a few later works that explore the "room" theme further, most notably Mystery Room and Maze Room.

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.

VPMA >

CHALICE OF THE UNIVERSE


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.

CSMA >

HIDDEN MYSTICISM


This work uses the gallery's ripple wave archetype in a very interesting way, by restricting it to just two colors and blocking out the center of the image to give less of a sense of where the waves emanate from, or which direction they travel. The shading style and texture also help to make this work memorable and unique.

VAMA >

GLINT ON SCALES


This is a truly unique work on every possible level. For starters, this picture isn't really of a screen like every other work in this gallery - the monitor that is its subject is turned off, and isn't broken. Rather, this scale-like texture is set across the monitor's entire screen. Experiments found it to be impossible to remove, and I have no idea how it came to be in the first place. This is likely the only work of its kind that will ever be displayed in this gallery.