Essay On Art Appreciation

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Sarah Bull
ARTS-1301 (86020) Art Appreciation
Museum Paper
This paper will criticize the Guardian, an oil painting on canvas by Valton Tyler, created in 1973 and is displayed by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX. The painting illustrates unusual structures that utilize a variety of geometric and organic shapes. The irregular curvilinear form and shapes of the structures has this whimsical fairytale meets mechanical futuristic feel to it- or Dr. Seuss meets Wizard of Oz. The amorphous shaped clouds in the melancholy sky give it this sort of industrial, bleak, factory smokestack impression. The dreary sky is then contrasted with these lively organic structures that are set amongst a green landscape with hills or mountains
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The use of red and green complement each other very much. When I see red and green color combinations, it always reminds me of Christmas. However, the shape and form of the structure on the left with the red and green colors, reminds me of Raphael the teenage mutant ninja turtle. The variety in sizes of shapes and forms and the strategic placement of them allows the painting to achieve a certain asymmetrical balance and enables the negative space to shine through giving it this sense of unity. The simulated texture of entire painting is primarily smooth and gives the painting this modern and minimalist sensation. The painting lacks movement and seems almost stagnant or lifeless, very robotic and…show more content…
The first thing that came to mind when I thought about what the artwork is representing, was a little green plant sprouting through the cracks of concrete. This thought I had is like the little leaves sprouting from the structures in the painting. I was reading an article the other day about how long mankind has been here in the timeline of the earth and how much we have destroyed in the small amount of time we have resided on earth. I feel it is vital to respect and appreciate mother nature, but our world does the exact opposite. Mankind has caused global warming, polluted the oceans and air, destroyed 50% of forests and have caused a variety of species to go extinct. We have abused our planet and have failed to properly nurture it. We hardly rely on nature to provide us with food anymore either. Why farm when we can concoct our diet in a lab and then produce it in a factory in large volumes quickly and inexpensively? I can’t stress how important it is to still be connected to nature and your fellow man. We have become so indulged in technology that we are now these lifeless robots. By this I mean, we sit with our faces glued to our tablets, TV’s, cellphones, etc. This is no way to live. It’s a mindless, empty zombie way of living. I think technology is great, but society should be weary and careful of how much, when and where we utilize it. Technology
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