1. Describe each of the elements of the artwork.
• Lines- Arching lines, sharp corners that form movement within the piece itself
and creating shapes with all of the colors. Having these bendable lines make the subject have much more flow making it seem life-like.
• Shape- The shapes are formed through the lines but they also serve a purpose in this piece as body parts for the cyclist. Through the cone shaped arm to the slightly bended rectangle thigh, each shape serves a symbolic purpose for each body part of the subject.
• Texture of the paint – brush-strokes how are they applied and the effect created. – This piece has repeating brush strokes that look like they had been aggressively layered on with pigment after pigment. This aggressive dry brush stroking form shifts of value changes that come together in unison with each other. They push the movement of this piece further by giving it an illusion of speed with how quickly the paint was brushed on.
• Colors- Very strong primary colors and subtle secondary colors. The strong primary colors serve to give the subject more power and energy which is what is shown in the painting. It’s to give a an idea of how much the subject is pushing through the piece. While the secondary colors serve as subtle additions to help better define the setting and to show detail though its idea of bright colors representing light. With the secondary colors, they also hold a special idea of movement because of how little detailed they environment around the subject is. It’s as if the colors are moving through an endless cycle of bright colors that almost seem nonexistent.
• Scale of elements on canvas-Shapes seem to grow smaller and grow greater in detail as it heads toward the subject of the painting. Value change in colors. Atmospheric perspective in darker areas of the subject making it stand out more.
2. Describe the relationships between parts of the painting. Is there similarity and repetition – patterns? Do these repetitions develop, is there movement of line, color or mass?
>There is repetition in the way how the paint strokes in small arches and how those arches create these funnel like shapes and swirls. The lines create movement for the piece making it seem animate. The colors increase this illusion by creating a sense of depth within the subject of the piece with its change in value and lighting. This also helps in mass of how the paint builds up giving more attention to the subject of the painting to bring it out more from the background.
3. Is the composition best described as balanced, symmetrical, asymmetrical, crystallographic, radial, random, grid modular? Give examples from the painting that inform your decision.
>For the composition of this piece it possess a strong asymmetrical subject, a crystallographic style, and a radial style of how the paint was brushed on the canvas.
>Asymmetrical: The figure is sensed to be unbalanced from the way he or she is angled. From the painting, it looks as if the figure is going through head first while riding the bike.
>Crystallographic: From the way some of the shapes form and have some sharp edges on the subject this painting can have some form of crystallographic but only slightly because most of the shapes represented seem to bend or curve.
4. What is the treatment of space? Describe.
>The space in the painting is acting as if it were wind because of how aggressive and unorganized the strokes are. But in this case it actually helps because this further increases the illusion of going through speed and sound. From this the view can guess that the background seems to be moving at such a high speed that it seems the detail in the background is nonexistence for our eyes to catch.
5. How is light represented, its role, color, e.g. contrasty, shadowy, illogical, warm, cool, symbolic…?
>The light in this piece are represented in a warm, cool, and shadowy sense. The warm colors represent a sense of life that shines off of the cyclist, accompanied with some reds, dark reds, blues, and purples to get the cyclist some depth.
The cool colors give the sense of the cold brisk air moving through like wind on a chilly night with a warm breeze that follows with the reds and yellows. The shadowy colors like the dark blues, reds, orange, and greens really pop the cyclist away from the background making it seem like the cyclist is going out of the painting through a blast of wind.