Free Essay About Comparison Essay: Art Exhibition At First Hawaiian Center
Upon viewing the works displayed at the Art Exhibition at First Hawaiian Center, two artworks that belong to the same theme caught my attention. Those artworks are Content Composed of (#5) by Ayako Linden and Temporary Autonomous Zone by Kirsten Rae Simonsen, and both belong to the theme called Dwellings.
Linden used intaglio as her medium to create Content Composed of (#5). As the theme in which the artwork is part of is named Dwellings, I no longer wonder why Linden chose to draw what looks like a wooden house. Linden’s use of intaglio as medium is sufficient and fitting at the same time for the rather simple and raw details amenable for depicting a wooden house. The entire artwork, set on a white background that reeks a feel of the old, looks as if it depicts a typical scene reminiscent of those forests and farmlands. Nonetheless, whatever the scenery supposed by Linden to surround the wooden house, her artwork shows a kind of dwelling that most humans isolated from the cosmopolitan environment of cities would most likely live in, albeit one that is more devoid of ethereality in that such looks more likely to be destroyed compared to its concrete counterparts. The rustic theme of the artwork compensates well for its relative lack of portrayal of the surrounding environment of the wooden house, which is thus left out as the only focus. A closer look at the artwork has provided me with a no-nonsense appeal that led me to appreciate its aesthetic qualities, which I understand as constitutive of its main points for distinction.
On the other hand, Temporary Autonomous Zone by Simonsen is characterized with its use of colors and finer details that appear to involve a mix of symmetry and abstract features. The artwork, like Content Composed of (#5), featured the use of wood in its medium, albeit it colors were derived from the utilization of acrylic, graphite and gesso. At first, I thought the artwork was just created on a piece of paper using colored pencils, yet as I paid greater attention to details I realized that Simonsen may have used acrylic, graphite and gesso sparingly to create a pastel feel. Yet unlike the previous one, the artwork depicted tents – one that is as devoid of permanence as a wooden house, but more vulnerable since its lightweight structure, which typically serves nomadic people and backpacking tourists, among many others, can easily be destroyed by harsh natural elements. The symmetrical shapes in the artwork look as if each one of them represents stars in a nighttime sky set amidst a one-dimensional green-and-yellow background. Such led me to my interpretation that the nomadic people depicted by Simonsen in her artwork are in need of guidance from the stars in order for them to be able to sustain themselves on their next move.
Overall, the contributions of Linden and Simonsen has since been proven to be compatible under the Dwellings theme, in that both portrayed dwellings of people through a wooden house and a colony of tents, respectively. Differences in the mediums used – intaglio for Linden and acrylic, graphite and gesso over wood panel for Simonsen, were also instrumental to highlighting the difference between the kinds of dwellings both artworks used. More importantly, both Linden and Simonsen have provided varying perspectives on what a dwelling looks like, given that it has posed significant importance as an element of humanity.