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Newest Collection: MAID - Modern Art In Danger


21 September 2020


This week's new collection is MAID. The particular type of 'danger' here, and its proximity, differs depending on the work, but that's the central theme this week in general. For starters, Magnifying Glass is fairly concrete and fairly straightforward as a result. The titular subject of the work is in the center, a circular ring with areas of blackness, and a long, pointed handle. Its beam is focused on a particular spot below, which itself buckles under the force of the magnification and spreads cracks around itself. Bunker Entrance is a familiar archetype, colored blue, but instead of interpreting the figure on the hill as an organism crawling, it interprets that figure as an opening, defended around its nexus. The pale background gives an indication of the location being pictured, and the pink highlights within the various blue arms highlight even more effective measures of defense. No, It Was Him is weirdly concrete, the small figure slightly top-right of center being the focus of the work. With spindly arms, it points towards the huge black tower, accusing. The background emphasizes the severity of this maneuver, the vertical lines lending even more gravity. Nearby Sun is fairly simple in composition, a fairly standard bowl archetype, an opening at the very bottom where some creatures look out towards a huge ball of light, contrasting in color with the rest of the image. A sun should not be that large in the sky - something is clearly wrong. But finally of note, Arrested from Sunlight has an exciting orange-centric color scheme, but only part of the work gets to benefit. A dimmer portion is cut off from the light part by a number of vertical lines that are used here as jail bars. This inner part, despite its dimness, is larger and has more texture, more intricacy, than the outside. It longs for what it's missing, more color, more interest, that it cannot have. Please enjoy!

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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.

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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.

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ROLLING SUNSET BREEZE


A calming work, representative of an entire class of the works in this gallery. The sunset motif is heavily visible in the background's orange-red color scheme, with the setting sun reflected in the lighter areas of the background. The feeling rolls across the smooth yet turbulent foreground from light into shadow, representing the shift from day into night.

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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.

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WET WINDOW


This work, though not at all new, is notable for being completely unique among all the other works in this gallery in its texture. While most works have more defined changes in color, or more digital feels, the rounded, almost blurred and genuinely watery-looking contours, color changes, and light refractions make this work truly one-of-a-kind.