art-theory

fun tidbit that (hopefully) shows in my art.

i am obsessed with colours and the theory behind them

like i could write entire paragraphs about how the bros colour schemes (for both the Mario and Wario bros) is extremely well picked and reflect their personalities/ their interactions with others extremely well

heck i might anyway, bc it is very interesting… at least to me lol

After the Fauvist period Henri Matisse settled into Parisian life. He had met Pablo Picasso, a fierce friend and rival, and together their works covered the walls of Parisian salons.  A group of Americans, these days known as “The Lost Generation” were great collectors of Matisse’s work. Perhaps the greatest collector out of this bunch was writer Gertrude Stein and her family. Here is a piece, Woman With A Green Parasol On A Balcony, created just after Matisse left Paris, in 1918. 

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FUCKING ME YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I’VE WANTED CANON KID SANGWOO ART ,, ALSO BECAUSE KOOGI SAID THIS WAS SANGWOO IN HIGH SCHOOL AND I’M GOING TO GUESS THIS IS PROBABLY AFTER HE MAYBE KILLED HIS PARENTS

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Charalgamate and NMT!Frisk belongs to @xxmileikaivanaxx!! ;D

Reading art theory from the seventies is like wading through a mire of misogyny. It’s that moment when you realize the reader the author has been addressing– the categorical “we”–is not you, cannot be you, because you are “women” and will only ever be an object or image of study. That’s usually when I throw the book across the room and start repeating gender neutral pronouns to myself. 

My Thoughts on Vaporwave (Vektroid)

There’s so much I want to say about it, so I’m just going to start. 

Consider this a brainstorm that I accidentally posted.

Vaporwave is a lot more complicated than putting aesthetic Greek statues in zany computer-space. The way I see it, there are a few different messages (or “strains”) that Vaporwave conveys, each with their own colors, sounds and symbols.I’m going to categorize them using Vektroid’s albums as a posterchild of each. Vektroid, not only as the creator of Vaporwave but a powerful force in its ongoing evolution, is a great artist to look into to better understand Vaporwave’s underlying messages.

“Beach” Vaporwave
Features neon pinks and blues, sounds from the 80′s, including computerized voices and radical synths. Nostalgiac “retro” vibe. Very western.

Probably the most accessible tangent that leads into and out of Vaporwave. It captures a positive kind of eagerness looking forward to a technological future through the eyes of the 80′s. However, the imagery and nostalgia are invoked with a sense of irony, at least when juxtaposed with the darker future that other strains of Vaporwave inhabit. Hotline Miami is a game with a similar retro-vibe that serves as a backdrop for bloody mass murder.

“Japanese” Vaporwave
Features Greek statues, the infinite abstract planes depicted by math textbook-covers, sounds from the 90′s, warped and corrupted. Very westernized. Depression.

The “core” of Vaporwave. Both a celebration and damnation of commercialism. At its essence, it is about ephemerality, and a meditation on those who cannot see it. As the Greeks depicted their ideas in marble, we depict ours in the commercial. As such, it’s wonderfully interesting to look back at Japanese commercials from the 90′s and see how they appropriate western values to thrive in a globalized economy. It paints the entire world with a kind of purity that we, regrettably, only enjoy through irony.

The deepest irony that Japanese-style Vaporwave reminds us is that even marble gods crumble. All ideals are sold to use promising some kind of eternity, but even the ideals themselves fall apart – and some more quickly than others, as portrayed through the ironic use of outdated aesthetics and warped 90′s pop songs. The depressive tone of Floral Shoppe is at least in part genuine, and grants us a layer of irony with which to discuss these feelings more openly. It’s a contemplative vibe; both of acceptance and bittersweet sorrow.

Furthermore, the abundance of Vaporwave-inspired art only plays into the hands of the original message. Much like the new accessibility to technology that the 90′s experienced, the simple memers of the internet found Vaporwave’s aesthetic to be an easy-to-replicate style that could express their own battle, or spectatorship, with our modern technology-induced depression.

“Dark” Vaporwave
Features seclusion, dehumanization, glitches given breath. VHS tapes. TORNADO WARNING. Very mid-western. Super depression.

This is the deeper interest in the aspect of decay that other strains of Vaporwave tend to counterbalance with a generous amount irony. However, even when thinned, that veil of irony is what I believe separates this strain of Vaporwave from other kinds of glitchy, dark-ambient aesthetics. It’s the subtle nods and winks of familiar sounds that reassure you that this “isn’t just some harsh noise or something”. That mote of accessibility is important to bridging the gap between normies and those that would otherwise wallow in the dark catharsis that bold-faced, un-ironically dark music offers.

It’s little more than a nametag and a few “in-jokes” that can ease those who get Vaporwave into something deeper. This is more of a testament to the underlying language that Vaporwave itself merely taps into, and I’m looking forward to seeing how deep some people can be lead.

we dem (tres horny) bois 

The internet does not exist. Maybe it did exist only a short time ago, but now it only remains as a blur, a cloud, a friend, a deadline, a redirect, or a 404. If it ever existed, we couldn’t see it. Because it has no shape. It has no face, just this name that describes everything and nothing at the same time. Yet we are still trying to climb onboard, to get inside, to be part of the network, to get in on the language game, to show up on searches, to appear to exist. But we will never get inside of something that isn’t there. All this time we’ve been bemoaning the death of any critical outside position, we should have taken a good look at information networks. Just try to get in. You can’t. Networks are all edges, as Bruno Latour points out. We thought there were windows but actually it’s made of mirrors. And in the meantime we are being faced with more and more—not just information, but the world itself. And a very particular world that has already become part of our consciousness. And it wants something. It doesn’t only want to harvest our eyeballs, our attention, our responses, and our feelings. It also wants to condition our minds and bodies to absorb all the richness of the planet’s knowledge.
—  The Internet Does Not Exist, e-flux journal, Edited by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle
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The Mona Lisa is more than a portrait but an expression of experience. Leonardo worked on this painting for almost 20 years and imbued it with as much knowledge as he could. One example was his use of color which wasn’t just chosen or applied arbitrarily but with examples of color theory. He realized that colors would appear differently when placed next to certain hue’s and that they changed in shadow and became less colorful as they receded from the eye. He applied some of these rules and broke others. The painting wasn’t really painted from life with a woman sitting in front of a specific window, or overlooking a specific back ground, or with certain lighting. She is as symbolic and figurative as the colors used and the background itself.

 Although the colors have faded and been changed slightly from age and the tint of the varnish we can still see the change in color and hues follow an interesting trend. From Red, Yellow, Green, to Blue. These follow the visual spectrum of colors that we can perceive. This adds a type of innate beauty to the painting because it combines a type of universality that just ‘fits’ into how we see - because it was designed that way. These same visual/ color rules can be used to create optical illusions and it’s likely the painting also possesses these qualities but are less evident due to the deterioration and faded colors. It’s probable that the painting would have originally caused a type of visual movement due to the color theme used. Or in other words the painting itself, the order of the colors used, as they recede into the distance follow the electromagnetic spectrum.


This is the type of optical illusion that the painting probably would have caused (to a lesser extent) in it’s prime. It’s not a gif, your mind makes it move - based on the colors and their gradation used alone.