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Gabriel​ ​Jacobs
Art​ ​Matters​ ​100.5,​ ​Rael​ ​Jero​ ​Salley
Aug​ ​31st,​ ​2017
Morris​ ​Louis​ ​(1912-1962)
“Alpha​ ​Eta”,​ ​1960,​ ​Acrylic​ ​Resin​ ​on​ ​Canvas
Nine​ ​varied​ ​disjointed​ ​colored​ ​spills​ ​stretch​ ​across​ ​an​ ​off​ ​white​ ​canvas
gargantuan​ ​in​ ​size​ ​dominating​ ​the​ ​wall​ ​and​ ​the​ ​viewer's​ ​field​ ​of​ ​view​ ​even​ ​at​ ​a​ ​distance.
Each​ ​spills​ ​sprawls​ ​diagonally​ ​to​ ​the​ ​left​ ​from​ ​the​ ​top,​ ​some​ ​linear​ ​and​ ​unbroken,​ ​others
separated​ ​by​ ​a​ ​small​ ​gap​ ​before​ ​continuing​ ​on​ ​their​ ​path.​ ​Of​ ​the​ ​nine​ ​spills​ ​three​ ​are
disjointed​ ​at​ ​various​ ​points,​ ​the​ ​ends​ ​forming​ ​rounded​ ​bulb​ ​like​ ​tails​ ​that​ ​seem​ ​to​ ​lean
across​ ​to​ ​their​ ​partner​ ​separated​ ​by​ ​an​ ​inch​ ​or​ ​two.​ ​One​ ​might​ ​be​ ​inclined​ ​to​ ​interpret
these​ ​separations​ ​as​ ​two​ ​bone​ ​joints​ ​striped​ ​of​ ​ligaments​ ​or​ ​perhaps​ ​flower​ ​bulbs​ ​not
yet​ ​come​ ​springtime​ ​waiting​ ​to​ ​open.​ ​Surrounding​ ​each​ ​spill​ ​is​ ​a​ ​halo​ ​slightly​ ​darker
than​ ​the​ ​light​ ​tan​ ​canvas,​ ​a​ ​buffer​ ​for​ ​the​ ​color​ ​to​ ​diffuse​ ​into​ ​before​ ​meeting​ ​the
expanse​ ​of​ ​the​ ​open​ ​space​ ​they​ ​pass​ ​through.​ ​It’s​ ​subtle​ ​almost​ ​like​ ​a​ ​water​ ​spill​ ​on​ ​a
white​ ​shirt​ ​given​ ​a​ ​few​ ​minutes​ ​to​ ​dry​ ​but​ ​not​ ​entirely.

The​ ​lines​ ​are​ ​composed​ ​of​ ​four​ ​colors,​ ​diluted​ ​jungle​ ​green,​ ​dim​ ​tangerine
orange,​ ​splotchy​ ​sky​ ​blue,​ ​and​ ​watered​ ​down​ ​indigo.​ ​They​ ​tie​ ​closely​ ​to​ ​the​ ​light​ ​tan
canvas​ ​a​ ​smooth​ ​set​ ​of​ ​analogous​ ​pastel​ ​tones.​ ​The​ ​work​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​invoke​ ​a​ ​sense​ ​of
disjointed​ ​serenity,​ ​relaxation​ ​broken​ ​by​ ​asymmetry​ ​before​ ​collapsing​ ​back​ ​into​ ​itself
again.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​common​ ​theme​ ​with​ ​a​ ​large​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​Morris’s​ ​work​ ​in​ ​this​ ​time,​ ​color
choices,​ ​composition​ ​and​ ​layout​ ​of​ ​pieces.


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