Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Textured Tuesday: When Snowballs Bleed

I just loved the way the bands of color and texture interacted with each other. 
The colors reminded me of Morris Lewis's paintings, which are huge. 
The first one I saw was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art 
in Chicago. The bands of poured color flowed down the sides
 of the canvas, defining the "blank" middle area as negative space.
It was a surprise to me because one would think that such a large expanse
of white would have overwhelmed the color along its ends.
It served as a big lesson to me - to never ignore the interaction
between negative and positive space.

The picture above has that same effect for me. 
It also serves to illustrate the horrible fate that befalls 
a snowball when it is thrown without regard for its fate. 
They bleed blue. Who knew?

Morris Louis.  Tet.  1958.  Synthetic polymer on canvas, 7 feet, 11 inches x 12 feet, 9 inches.


dive said...

Scary Alien Snowball! That is spooky, Speedway.
Love the painting; I'd not come across him before.

Anonymous said...

And here I thought it was a tribute to the loosing Colts...

Speedway said...

Hi, Dive. I don't know what made that blue puddle. I thought it might have been from a bottle of Elmer's Glue that a child might have spilled on their way to the primary school just across the street. or a bottle of acrylic medium. No. matter, it looked as though a carelessly thrown snowball had died in its explosion on the sidewalk.

I'm sorry, I forgot to include a link to Morris Louis's work< but here it is now:


No, Pi, it is not a tribute to the Colts' loss. I think their season was successful far beyond their own expectations. Due to their miserable season last year, their opponents were not the best in the league, so facing better competition in the playoff game, I wasn't surprised by the loss. We'll see what happens next year, when they get a tougher schedule. Will Luck step up? Will the opponents have figured out that they need to tame his ability to focus in difficult situations? We'll see.