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Newest Collection: MARC - Modern Art Representing Curiosity

22 February 2021

This week's new collection is MARC. This collection contains works that depict inquisitiveness, in general, and interaction with the wider world in a speculative, curious way, rather than an aggressive or impository one. Starting off, Delicately Prodding the Air is relaxed and vibrant, a figure reaching out and beckoning from the right, towads a smaller figure at the lower-left. Structure across the work is provided by the horizontal beams in the background, whereas each of the subjects is anchored by vertical lines instead. Fat Young Drake is actually fairly concrete, but only from a specific perspective. The figure in the bottom-left is the drake, portrayed here as a small, fat dragon lazily flying towards the soft red background. The work does a good job of portraying depth between its layers, and it leaves much of the detail in its foreground to the viewer's interpretation. I Push Out My Feelings is oppressively colorful, a wash of red, blue, and magenta overpowering the work in an unfocused wave of colors. Only a few horizontal bars keep any smeblance of structure in the work, and the only well-defined object is the figure towards the bottom-left, from which all the waves of color emanate. The "I" in the work's title. Improvising is abstract yet straightforward. There are many layers to this work, from the flat background to the lines layered over it, to the lines layered over those, and the lines layered over those, and the link that brings them all together in the center, weaving through the various layers and connecting them all, creating something new out of the mess that is behind it. But my personal favorite work this week is Curious Cobra, a concrete work portraying an animal staring straight at the camera. Most of its body is the typical black negative space, blocking out a desaturated metallic background, and highlighted with alternating red and green; but its eyes are clearly outlined towards the top-center of the work. It stares, pensively, not starting trouble but also not acting overtly pacifist. It is, after all, still a snake. Please enjoy!



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 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.



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 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.



This work is the premier work of its style - tissue-paper shading, as I call it - in this entire gallery. Pleasantly abstract, this work is not without uniqueness and charm in its relative simplicity.