Outliving Earth is our new future. It’s inevitable. Whether it be from human’s destruction, the sun exploding, or a meteor hitting the planet, humans will eventually need to find another planet to live on. Inspired by Giacomo Balla's Futurism, I decided to create a more contemporary take on Futurism, which is no longer about cars and the Industrial Revolution, it’s about space travel.
"There is No True Student-Loan Crisis"
This painting is a response to Dr. Howard, the President of Robert Morris University. He wrote an article for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sharing the same title, trying to disprove the existence of the loan crisis. Contrary to his beliefs, many RMU students have come forward to discuss their student loan debt and how they’re nervous about paying it back. The diagonal, green brushstrokes represent money falling and overwhelming the black figure, a student, at the bottom. The black brushstrokes show the chaotic nature of debt, confusing and disorienting the viewer in the same way a student feels. The strokes become more frequent at the bottom of the painting to represent money and stress piling up and spilling over, not able to be contained or controlled.
String Error (digital copy)
String Error is a response to Georges Braque’s "Violin and Candlestick" created in 1910. Braque’s work is in a style called Analytic Cubism, which depicts objects on a flat canvas in four dimensions inspired by Euclidean Geometry and other higher mathematics. Rather than base my painting off of Euclidean Geometry as well, I chose to illustrate the Many-Worlds Interpretation in quantum mechanics.
The Many-World Interpretation (MWI) of quantum mechanics describes that there are many world which exist in parallel at the same space and time as our own. Other worlds make it possible to remove randomness and action from quantum theory/all of physics. My composition of a MWI consists of a folder with different worlds happening all at once, flooding the computer screen with every option of an outcome.
In the physical version, pictured below, everything is connected using red string, almost like a detective trying to connect information to catch a perpetrator.
Contradictions is exactly what it’s titled, a contradiction. It mimics a white painting, which are currently notorious for being hated by the public, having texture and details you wouldn’t notice unless you got close. However, that doesn’t mean it’s any less infuriating to viewers. To balance that, I used Baker-Miller Pink, the most calming color. Contrary to popular belief, blue isn’t the most calming color, Baker-Miller Pink is! This color was used to paint cells in a Naval Correctional Institute in Seattle, Washington for an experiment; They found that the use of this color calmed down prisoners, lowering all hostile behavior after just 15 minutes of exposure. I wanted to participate in the paradigm shift of solid-color paintings in the currently contemporary style, and I did so with Contradictions.
The Curtains Were Blue
René Magritte had an amazing way of depicting ordinary objects in an unusual way, all the while claiming his painting meant nothing. This caused a bit of discussion regarding his paintings, people often searched for deeper meaning and tried every possible option to describe his paintings, but they meant nothing. They were jokes based on people’s assumptions, playing with reality and and illusions to create mystery and make viewers ask “why?”
Inspired by Magritte, this piece also means nothing. Without looking at the title or having long discussions about literature, the viewer might assume the painting is about depression due to the dark colors, sad subject, and blue highlights. However, the saying “the curtains were blue” was popularized to mock English teachers that read too much into symbolism of objects in literature, believing that the inclusion of blue curtain was symbolic of the main character’s depression.
Photos from Exhibition