Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Forest For the Trees

Trees for the Forest

Artist: Jennifer Connolly

Tempera on Watercolor Stock (16"X24")

Brutalism, Kindergardenism

Stickly trees, scorched by winter's cold, capture puffy storm clouds within their tendril-like branches seeking to express the interlocking relationships of earth to sky (and sky to earth) while the childlike representationalism explores the meaning of these contextual relationships.  In doing so, they demand that they will not be ignored, even by shapeshifting watervapor.

Making this work even more compelling is that the artist has chosen a simple medium which has been cleverly employed on paper stock not usually used in this style.  Deeper explanations merely obfuscate the primitive forms, and their actions, rendering those explanations pithy and hyperbolized.

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  1. When I first saw the thumbnail, I said this might not be that bad... The gestural tree limbs were very expressionistic....Then I clicked....scrolled down and saw the fence...The fence really defines the piece....


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