Besides the little amounts of yellows and reds that were used here, this painting lacks the presence of warm colors. It took me a moment to piece together on the reason why Lawrence did so. The colors that Lawrence chose to use for Migration helps portray the tragedies and the sorrows that the African Americans went through around the First and Second World Wars since the entire painting is mostly composed of muted colors. He painted in mostly dark colors such as brown, dark green, black and grey, these colors are not very vibrant or bold to look at thus it sets a gloomy atmosphere to the painting and expresses the pain that the African Americans were experiencing. However, this could be Lawrence’s intention to do so, by giving the impression to the audience that this is not an uplifting painting, but a sad, depressing one.
This makes us instantly look at them. The wide space between the man and woman has no major distractions within in, the artist could have filled that space with some interesting art, but chose not to because it would have drawn the viewers’ attention away from the woman and man. The authors choice of color is quite plain, but the bright colors that follow the sides of the viewing box help guide the viewers eyes to the man in the background, assisting the implied created by the railings. The author used value in the artwork to show what is important. The woman’s body is heavily shaded and doesn’t catch the viewer’s eye.
The colors used in this piece are also very well thought out, there isn’t any color to show aggression or maybe fear if you want to go that far with it. All colors are easy to look at, and can be easily referenced to peaceful things such as love, innocence, curiosity, and freedom, even life ultimately. All the colors used have very light bases besides two colors, blue and purple. Purple was used for thousands of years as the color for royalty. If you look close to the shades on the skin you can see light purple for parts of the men laying down, the right man has a much darker purple shade painted as part of his head which also has a heavy amount of gold in it also.
The two main art exhibits that was centered extensively on immigration are called “Border Park of Earthly Delights” and “Rites of Passage”, both created by Einar and Jamex De La Torre. Both art pieces were about immigration although they both portrayed slightly different meanings. The first art piece named “Rites of Passage” seems to describes about the struggles in migration and how Hispanic born Americans and immigrants have a dilemma on how they identify themselves. This view is reinforced by the picture in which an adolescent is walking by the border undecided on where he should go although it seems he decides he ends up going to the Unites side where many of them have a better life since many of the people on the left are wearing suits. The picture shows suited people crossing the border legally while there is also a big mob of unidentified people dressed in white who crossed the border illegally to the United States and once they did manage, they suddenly turned into some sort of skinned meat sort of how they do to animals before they become packaged meat in order to be sold.
They lead your eyes to the large boat, onward to the bottom, where there are animals boarding it. The lines are also very sharp. They outline the shapes in the painting, giving the shapes a clear border. The next element is shape. The shapes are at very sharp angles.
J’Lyrick Woods Writing Assignment #1 AR-170 2-D/3-D 2-D-P.50-Figure 1.4-Mel Bochner, Vertigo This conceptual artist has taken basic elements of art such as lines and color and has created this amazing two dimensional artwork, Vertigo. In this artwork the artist uses regular lines, a rhythm of diagonal lines, and a slight tint of an orange in the background of the actual lines. The different directions, overlapping, and crossing of the lines, help imply the chaos and disorder the artist is trying to reveal through this painting.
While in attendance of the American Artists School, Lawrence began to lock down his style, which resembles block printing. Although Jacob Lawrence has created a lot of noteworthy work, his series The Migration of the Negro” is what got Lawrence to be the first
In each panel, this technique can be recognized and related to a larger theme: the way Marji has changed over time. On page 61, Marji is surrounded by darkness, yet the space around her remains light. Her posture and the camera angle both make it seem as if she is oblivious to the darkness around her, and as though she is not aware of what she is heading into. This emphasises that as a child, Marji is oblivious to the world around her: letting her shed an optimistic light. In the later illustration, graphic weight is used to make a different point.
And furthermore, recognize the symbolism documented in the painting for iconographic analysis. In doing so, this will highlight and comment on important characteristics of Omnibus Life in London as it yields new information regarding the emerging shift in social inequality. Through formal analysis, the visual characteristics of the work present an interesting insight into the painting. The first emotion that I experienced with this work was claustrophobia and crowdedness. Part of the feeling spawned from the three-dimensionality of the painting.
One great notion I have developed over the years is that every human has gone through some meaning experiences in his/her life that he/ she can identify with when such experience is depicted through an artwork, painting, photography, or any form of media. After coming in contact with Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, 1936, artwork (fig 4.151), I feel more connected to this artwork because it speaks directly to me and draws my attention to my personal life experience. This artwork is more of Leo Tolstoy’s definition of art that views art from a social prospective. Lange’s Migrant Mother artwork shows a mother’s strength and determination in the time of extreme need. Observing this artwork, we can conclude that the there’s always a strong, natural
Chicano art as 3 common themes - Immigration, geography and displacement. Taking an activist stance, artists illustrate the historical presence of Mexicans and native people in the Southwest, the abuse of undocumented immigrants, racial profiling, and the militarization of the border. “Many Chicano artists have focused on the dangers of the border, often using barbed wire as a direct metaphorical representation of the painful and contradictory experiences of Chicanos caught between two cultures”. (Chicana and Chicano Art. Jackson, Carlos Francisco)