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Newest Collection: MAEW - Modern Art Exploring War


29 June 2020


This week's new collection is MAEW. As with several of the last few collections, the focus this time around is on two things: exploration, and war, and the intersection between them. Starting off, Putting Up a Tent is an interesting work with a familiar, blobby-black-creature style. This time, the figures are putting up a tent, denoted by the triangular area of blue-violet with a somewhat rough texture. Beyond that tent, the rest of the background is difficult to interpret, but in general it seems hostile, like wilderness - the shelter is necessary. Slatted Wall is straightforward, with three main defined areas and a multitextured and multicolored central middle area. The natural vertical bars within this area, separating color from color, provide a strong foundation for the wall which they hold up, and the generally green tint gives the impression of age, while flecks of dust and grime indicate longstanding stability. Leader of Prayer has an interesting light yellow color, and uses symmetry in its wide open stance to be more effective and reach out further to more people, in a way that many other works with similar archetypes fail to do. Turbine Invaders is the brightest work in this collection, awash with vibrant color quickly being siphoned away by the black invaders coming from the left. Many layers of turbines are represented here, with defensive mechanisms in place towards the end of the line, but they have yet to see use. But my personal favorite work this week is Explorers of Various Origins, a bright yet black work focusing on a contrast between blue-purple and red. Several different styles of creature congregate all at their own parts of the work's edges, looking towards the center; alien explorers of unique origins, all united (perhaps even against each other) with the same goal. Please enjoy!

BOMA >

FAIRY DANCE


This is one of the gallery's earlier examples of pixel art, and one of the more composed works. Though quite coarse in texture, the color usage is good, with a lively yellow-peach gradient in the background, blue and cyan emphasizing the subjects of the work, and the magenta line segments help to create structure and give the work a sense of motion.

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 >

PULSE EFFECT


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.

MAEE >

A MARVELOUS MESS


This looks less like a typical work of art in this gallery and more like a physical collage, with its spattering of different colors, textures, motifs, and contours. It emphasizes artistic exploration, pushing the boundaries and seeing what can be done.

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.