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Newest Collection: NMA - Networked Modern Art

01 June 2020

This week's new collection is NMA. Networking means both connections and technology, both of which are represented here in this collection. Starting off, A Passage of Twilight is straightforward: dark, with purple and blue highlights at the top and bottom, and contours ontlining a tunnel in between. Inside the tunnel are vertical lines stretching from top to bottom, providing illumination but perhaps also barriers. At one end, the tunnel begins to show light, whereas at the other the tunnel fades out of view, obstructed by another rough, spiky object. Misshapen Beacon is rough and somewhat dim, with even the area that would usually be a solid black having elements of color and tint. That area forms a tower with a large round head, sending out signals and presumably receiving them also. The beacon tower is protected by the terrain around it, rising up protectively in many layers. Enduring Network Connections is colorful and abstract; the thick dark blobs that connect points to other points are distinct, but their meaning and configuration is incomprehensible. Alongside the variety of colors, the shading style of this work is a unique blend of dithering and tissue-paper shading. Faded Emerald Watchpost keeps watch vigilantly, if tiredly. Far from having a full emerald color, the watchtower here has many lines that are white, instead of an emerald green, and even the background of the work fades into a tired black from the weary violet dust around it. But my personal favorite work this week is Conductance in Silhouette, a work focused entirely on outlines, and shaky static outlines at that. They arc from one figure to another, conducting a rainbow of color through them, but never in a stable, confident way. The light red area at the top of the image contrasts with the black background of the rest of it, emphasizing that lack of confidence. Please enjoy!



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.



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.



This work boasts a wholly unique compositional style compared to any other work in this gallery, which somehow manages to break from the motifs that its sister works are bound to follow. As is reflected by its name, Cubism alludes to a real artistic style and movement, doing so with just the type of color scheme to be the most effective in that endeavor.



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.



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.