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Newest Collection: UMPA - Uncertain Modern Pixel Art


27 June 2022


This week's new collection is UMPA. This collection of small-scale modern art is characterized generally by works with a somewhat tense, unstable mood. Starting right off, Tank Front is the most concrete of this collection's works, and seems to portray the front of a tank, with treads and gun. The background of the work is more dynamic than is usual for works of Modern Art, and the composition of its lines is unique thanks to the small scale - consistent, but with borders wavering and dynamic. Dotted Descent is a well-saturated work that is also reasonably straightforward, when read from left to right. The patterned background - not just a solid violet, but really a consistent dither of red, blue, and white - helps to contrast with and underscore the solid colors and borders if the foreground, tracing a path that gets longer and more consistent towards the bottom-right of the image. Frays is a largely empty work, focusing mainly on a few small gnarls towards the top against a colorful but otherwise uninteresting background, hanging off of a straight black horizontal bar. These red knots are not at all uniform, giving the impression that they are imperfections sticking out; the reddish tint of the black bar towards the center of the work supports the idea that the frays branch out from it. Dissuasion is dark and severe, a saturated red making up the bottom edge of the work and quickly dissipating into vague yellow and finally an indeterminate dark gray background that continues to the top of the work. The moire effect really helps add depth here. The subtle shifts in color - the yellow highlights in the background towards the bottom of the work, dissipating and homogenizing towards the top, help to connect the background and foregroud. But perhaps the most peculiar work this week is Bar Graph, which is very straightforward - bars of verying lengths along the bottom, against a calm background which is cyan-green towards the bottom, to contrast with the bars themselves, and gradients up to a magenta-blue at the top. The height of this work helps to emphasize the scale, and perhaps to imply that there is more to the graph to either side, perhaps to take advantage of the space - or, possibly, to simply emphasize how short each data point is. Without axes, it's impossible to be sure. Please enjoy!

MASC >

HEART


This is an extremely simple but extremely heartwarming work which simply consists of a heart-shaped depression on a soft pink background.

PMAS >

MEMORY HILL


This work is overtly positive, mainly through its choice of palette. And yet, it remains somber, also partly through its choice of palette, as well as in structure as the negative space in the foreground seems to gaze into the distance. It also serves as a good example of a work that shines in its simplicity.

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.

VMA >

SAPPHIRIC MAGESTY


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.

BMMA7 >

CAGED SPIRIT?


This work has possibly the most interesting texture of any work in this gallery - it genuinely looks like rough paint, or a some type of fabric. In addition, its composition is very literal, making it an easy work to view and contemplate.