Compare and Contrast

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Looking at basic formal analysis of art work we can compare and contrast the formal elements. Such things as form, subject matter content brings art to life. Line, color and texture give us a mix of styles from abstract to representational, canvas to clay. Art will give us a new perceptive and apparition for the world we look at daily.

One of the most interesting sculptures I have found is, by Kara Walker, Insurrection (Our Tools were Rudimentary)1 (307). The first thing to stand out, this piece is not your usual sculpture. White walls, black silhouettes show iconography, from the South, in the nineteenth-century, the interaction of master and slave. What makes this a sculpture is the light that is cast onto the walls gives space by the viewers shadow that is reflected on the walls. The pieces are made separately, an assemblage, and put together to make one form. The focus, is silhouettes which were popular in the eighteen and nineteen hundreds. We can compare this contemporary sculpture to another contemporary form, by Jane Hammond, Fallen2 (109). These forms are both contemporary and meant to invoke reaction from onlookers. Fallen, most noticeable contrast is the use of the color palette. We get away from the shocking black and white, to analogous color, it is inviting and clam contrasting to the horrific scene, dark and scary nightmarish world of Insurrection. Both of these forms show symbolism in there own unique way. Fallen, shows the tragedy of the Iraq war where Insurrection shows again the tragedy of slavery. Two forms, that give us a sense of depth, the layers of leaves and the reflection of light. Both contemporary sculptures that show significant events but using different means. One is relaxing and colorful the other dark and encompassing.

Looking closely at the same artist, you can find many similarities in style but if you compare closely you will always see contrast, as well. Both Claude Monet’s, Water lilies, Morning: Willows3...
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