Observed & Imagined: Works on Paper Mario Prisco Essay

Art comes in many different styles and mediums, anything can really be considered art. Some pieces are more or less complex than others. Mario Prisco is a good example for both the more or less detailed. In his exhibit named, Observed & Imagined: Works on Paper, Mario did an exquisite job showing how it doesn’t matter the amount of detail in a piece.

In his works titled, Untitled 4 he went for a more simplistic approach. For this piece Mario used white paper and for his medium red conté. This piece is a gesture drawing of a nude woman. This piece has medium detail because of the shading. For this piece he didn’t shade as much as the other ones but there were pieces with less shading as well. From the body Mario didn’t continue with the head. In this piece he focused mainly on the body and its positioning. His lines vary from strong to weak. This helped to give the piece value and texture. Mario cut the drawing off at the head giving it a different feel than the rest of some of the pieces. I think the pieces without the heads are stronger works of art. It gives the pieces some type of mystery and it helps you to focus on what the artist wants you to focus on.

In Mario’s abstracted watercolor work entitled, Imaginary Landscape 15-2015, he used the repetition of circles. He also used some other geometric shapes. Along with the repetition of circles he used the repetition of red. Some examples of this repetition is the red house, table, apple, circle, banner, flag, and ground. This use of red really helps to draw the eye around and creates unity in the piece. He used shadows in this piece but they aren’t all going in the same direction. This helps to divide the piece up into separate areas. Mario used funnels in this piece and this is a repeating aspect in many of his pieces. Among his works he repeats a lot of different objects and colors. He repeats apples, red, funnels, triangles, and banners.

In another imaginary landscape titled, Imaginary Landscape 11-2015, Mario used the medium watercolor. He used darker colors in the background. Most of his imaginary landscapes use brighter hues. He used a funnel in this piece. In this piece one thing that stood out from the rest of his imaginary landscapes was his use of gradients. Another thing that is repeated throughout all of his imaginary landscapes is his use of shadows. In this piece there is a dead tree but the shadow of the tree is full of life. Another thing in this piece that is repeated through the others is triangles.

These few examples of Mario’s work show how art can come in different forms and mediums. The gesture drawings show how you don’t need a lot of detail for something to be attractive. The imaginary landscapes show how detail can really liven a piece. Either way however a piece is designed it is art and it still has the ability to be. It is in the eye of the beholder to truly tell whether a piece is attractive or not. Even if artists used all of the elements and principles of design a piece could be fundamentally correct, but visually unattractive. Mario’s work is a pure example of how something so simple can be so beautiful and appreciated.

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