Tension Suspended

“Tension Suspended” is all about scale and tension. The form and color of the train creates a mass but being suspended by a chain and hovering in a circle creates a tension. The tension occurs because we subconsciously want the train to be on the ground, but we realize that we are prevented from doing this by the size of the box and the chains which imprison it.



Making Tiepolo: Synchromism

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Queen Zenobia Addressing Her Soldiers, Italian, 1696 - 1770, 1725/1730, oil on canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection





The Tiepolo piece is based on “Queen Zenobia Addressing Her Soldiers in the National Gallery of art in Washington, D.C. It is my current favorite painting and I spent many visits looking at it. The shape derives from visual lines within the painting. Synchromism is about how color can be used to define space in a painting. The most famous proponent of Synchromism was Thomas Hart Benton, and his influence can be seen in the work of Jackson Pollock.