Landscape Assignment – 4/19/2016

In my landscape, there is a line along the middle, dividing the the urbanization from the lake. The shapes that comprise the image are quadrilaterials from the building and the sidewalks. The color is on the cooler side. There is dimensionality, as the middle line fades into a horizon line. The buildings start from the foreground and recede into the background. I wasn’t sure how to capture the vastness well, so I just tried my best to zoom at as much as possible. I also tried to deviate from the warm color scheme I generally shy towards.

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“Landscape with Charon Crossing the Styx,” Patinir , 1519-1524

I have chosen, “Landscape with Charon Crossing the Styx,” by Joachim Patinir. This piece was created in the 16th century, sometime during the Northern Renaissance period in Madrid, Spain. Its usage of light and shade are also prominent. Both my landscape and Patinir’s landscape are similar in the sense that they both divide the landscape vertically, as well as horizontally. However, Patinir’s landscape is fictional and is a commentary on religion, while my landscape is real and is a commentary on man’s relationship with nature. I would argue that it is mourning: Heaven is depicted as a place where Nature is free to flourish and thrive, while Hell is fraught with fire and ruin, and Dante and Virgil are headed toward Hell from Heaven.

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“You Built Your Father’s House Over My Mother’s Grave” 2015

The landscape portrays a different message than the previously created Earthwork, as the Earthwork is a commentary on how humanity exploits the environment in order build what we think is right: it comments on how we mindlessly take and never express gratitude. The landscape celebrates the harmony between human Construct and Nature, the towering, majestic buildings of man juxtaposed with the still waters of the lake.

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“Chicago and Lake Michigan” 2016

I agree with the hypothesis that man does take the Earth he’s been given for granted, and that man tends to focus on Genesis 3, rather than Genesis 1. Genesis 1, indeed does comment on the blessing of Creation and the creativity and the goodness of God. However, I disagree that the landscape is self-centered and the Earthwork is participation with the landscape. The landscape allows people to survey and capture a landscape without much damage to the Earth, but the Earthwork takes nature and makes it into art: this has the potential to damage the Earth we’ve been given.

My landscape celebrates the Earth, but with a slight warning. It features the towering buildings and skyscrapers on the left, but it also features the still, calm waters on the right. The buildings are meant to evoke a sense of awe and wonder at how man can create such gargantuan structures, such creative makings. The water is mean to evoke a sense of peace and stillness, as the waves and ripples are frozen in time. They are supposed to be two sides of the coin of Man: man’s ability to create and man’s place in co-existing with nature. We are meant to create, as we are made in Imago Dei, but at the same time, we exist with nature. This piece hopefully offers a warning to co-exist with nature along with our creation.

Sources: http://www.theartwolf.com/landscapes/patinir-landscape-charon-styx.htm

 

Alyss Eubank comments:

This is an excellent portrayal of a city-meets-marine landscape. There is a distinct line in the horizon and the buildings as well as where the water meets compliment these lines nicely.

 

Celebrating or mourning the earth? Celebrating. Embracing both the manmade and the natural existence of life. Allowing the two to correspond in perfect harmony (their colors are quite similar, don’t you think?). Allowing both to be themselves, starkly different but in unison.

 

I love how the windows of the building match the water. Any bit of color besides the blue is light and consistent throughout the other aspects of the building.

 

 

 

 

 

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