Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Art 7B Feb. 22 VANITAS

7B students made drawings inspired by the 14th & 15th century Vanitas still life paintings. Beautifully drawn and well composed, Michelle Phillips' drawing (top) is an interesting commentary on contemporary consumer culture.  The element that most relates to the vanitas tradition would be the transience or obsolescence of our digital goods and a culture overrun with, "One word, Benjamin . . .plastics".  Taylor Bihn's drawing (bottom) addresses his interest in the hotrod, tiki subculture. Also very well drawn. Note his use of darks to add weight and stability to the composition while establishing a pattern of similarity that moves the "eye".

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