This showcase highlights three monochromatic images you’re sure to love. I hope you’ll spend some time exploring these artists’ Flickr feeds to become better acquainted with their work.
Huge congratulations to all of this Showcases featured APPartists:
Dominique Torrent, Tuba Koran, Chasing Paper Moon, Deborah McMillion, KClay1234, Kate Zari Roberts, Claudia Contreras, Kurt Norlin, SLP, Eliza Badoiu, Brett Chenoweth, Roger Guetta, Patricia JZ, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Michael Trombley, Mandolina Moon, Julie Hollow, Lisa Peters.
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Mandolina Moon / Title: Big Air
Can I just say how much I love Mandolina’s dog images! There is clearly an undeniable passion for her subject that shines right through her art. In “Big Air” she depicts her dog leaping out of the water, eyes “laser-locked” on whatever it’s trying to catch – a treat, a ball? There in an incredible sharpness to the detail in the image, in fact she’s captured singular water droplets and whiskers you can count. The detail is greatly enhanced by her juxtaposing extreme darks and lights, as well as her excellent choice to create this piece in black & white. Further, she’s made excellent selections as to where there should and shouldn’t be detail. The background is devoid of anything descriptive, with details that get sharper and sharper as your eyes arrive upon the subject. This piece is pretty perfect if you ask me.
Eliza Badoiu / Title: (No Right) Love Equation
Well, as someone who absolutely hates math, my immediate reaction to this piece was “I can feel your pain – completely”! The obvious mental and physical struggle is so aptly represented through the figures posture and squirmy movement. The title brings you in another direction however, one, which really has nothing to do with mathematical equations. Humph. I thought this was going to be an easy one. This miserable woman points away from what I first thought was a ladder, perhaps an escape, but I think it’s really a desk. There is an equation repeated over, and over, and over – larger, smaller, lighter, darker, but nonetheless all the same. Perhaps the answer, the solution to this woman’s woes lies in trying another approach, a different “equation”, as this one is apparently not working. Eliza has done an excellent job at portraying a truly intense emotional situation in an extremely beautiful piece of art.
Dominique Torrent / Title: Untitled
What a thought provoking piece this is. Consisting of an overall image cut into three long and narrow strips. They are haphazardly placed on top of each other but still manage to align for the most part. The texture treatment of the piece is scratchy with very little tonal variation. The mood is still and its subjects are two women conversing just outside a house, perhaps in a garden. They are both in dresses with full skirts and polka dots that appear a bit retro. The woman on the left seems to be politely listening, though not quite engaged, to her animated companion who occupies two full panels in a rather distorted way. The polka dots convey playfulness, as does the distortion, which leads me to wondering if the strips in the imagery are funhouse mirrors? If you look up funhouse mirrors in the urban dictionary, the example given is “Natasha was pretty cool before she got all funhouse mirror on everybody.” Perhaps our quieter subjects thoughts?