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Newest Collection: MACO - Modern Art Cultivated Oversight

10 May 2021

This week's new collection is MACO. As its title would imply, this collection's works focus either on cultivation, or on oversight, and the responsibilities that pertain to those things. Starting off, Hypothetical Garden is centered around the ring of green in the left half of the image. A roughly horizontal ellipse is cut off from the emptiness around it, with pools and lakes close by, ripe for cultivation; yet, with so much of the background completely black, and with the effect that the yellow-orange corners of the image provide, the scene seems unrealistic. Next, Alliance or Predation is a work with multiple possible interpretations. Throwing together several various compositional and stylistic archetypes, it portrays two different creatures interacting with each other, from somewhat of a distance. The one on top is offensive, while the one on the bottom seems more defensive; the colors and motifs between them give the situation a tense feeling. Measured Seawave does not incorporate ripple waves at all; rather, it's almost entirely filled with vertical lines, albeit with the most important part - the area at the top - entirely bereft of them. The area of vertical lines is uneven, bubbling up and down across the image, and yielding to the teal background in an abstract yet meaningful way. Uncomfortable, Awkward Embrace is evocative but extremely abstract. Blackness seems to curl around an area of white, so bright as to almost be impossible to see the details of, but fading away just out of the blackness's clutches to reveal an alternating pink and blue background. But my personal favorite work this week is Eldritch Infant, a fascinating, bright work that simultaneously gives the impression of extreme youth - infancy - and yet does not appear to portray a child at all. The interpretation this work's title alludes to is that it is an infant being portrayed here, but one that is eldritch, unknowable and ununderstandable on a fundamental level. Please enjoy!



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.



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 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 one of this gallery's premier examples of stellar coloring, texturing, shading, and overall composition. The rough digital texture in the background allows for a uniquely graded style of gradient that the color choices only enhance; this shading style is used to give both an impression of depth and to imply how things are falling apart; especially when it transitions into a dithering fade as deep blackness consumes the area around it. The work's foreground is no less intense and detailed, its sharp and visceral shapes serving as a symbol of determination and resistance - those things hanging on in the midst of the calamity. There is a lot of potential symbolism to be found in this work.



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.