BMMA6 - Bruised Monitors Modern Art 6
Like its predecessors (    ), all of this collection's works derive from _bruises_ rather than cracks or scratches - a special type of defect which bends light to create a darkened area. Due to their closeness and relatively small scale, some of these works are best viewed from a distance, where the details are not lost. Starting off, Key to Hell is an extremely straightforward work with excellent composition, its subject clearly defined against a background steadily descending from a fiery red into a deep black. The direction of the gradient and the orientation of the key itself both allude to movement downwards, fitting the theme of 'hell'. Friends Anew is brighter in tone, its light green color scheme even leaning a little into pink to enhance the mood. The two main figures in the work look similar, and seem to interact with each other in a productive, friendly way. Vicelord of Vibrance is distinct and concrete in composition, but very figurative in meaning. The 'vibrance' is clearly visible in the background, a collage of blue, red, yellow, and green, though through the middle of the work is drawn a line of blackness, as if to claim ownership or deny entry. The smaller dash of darkness above it almost acts like a halo, emphasizing the line as a character of its own. Dotted Connector is very literal, as well as singleminded. All aspects of the work are in service of its central subject - the vignetting in the top-left and bottom-right corners, the monochrome palette, and the very deliberate splotches of darkness connecting the two sides of the image. But finally of note, my personal favorite work this week is Spectral Swordsman, a very atmospheric work whose central figure is cloaked in what seems like fog, only its upper torso and head visible - and its sword. The work's lighting also reinforces its composition, darkening towards the center, and the texture and moire give depth and movement to the fog, all coming together to create a truly unique and impactful work.