Understanding Art Criticism. Image: Wiradjuri : www. atasteofaus.com Art Criticism is studying, understanding and judging works of art. Why Critique Artwork?. Solving art mysteries is one of the jobs that art critics set out to accomplish.
Image: Wiradjuri : www. atasteofaus.com
Art Criticism is studying, understanding and judging works of art
Look at the work of art here.
What do you see???
How is the work arranged?
Break down the painting into its composition, or the way the art principles are used to organize the art elements.
Line :curvy ,rhythmic patterns
Shape: geometric / organic
Form : flattened
Space:crowded space, flattened plane
Color: red, yellow, orange, black white
Contrast : red-orange, black/white
Emphasis: centered lizard large size
Unity: color, shape & line
Movement: curved, dotted circles varied sizes of circles
Rhythm: repeated- curved pattern dots of color
Balance: circles symmetrical
Proportion: lizard dimensions, realistic
What do you think the aboriginal artist is trying to communicate?
Give your opinions based on the clues you have collected.
What ideas, moods emotions and stories do you think the artwork communicates?
In the Aboriginal Dreaming
Do they help the art move?
The colors red and orange usually make one feel warmth because they are warm colors and are associated with the sun and fire, but also because the color red has a physiological affect that excites and stimulates.
More energy is reflected from warm colors than from the cooler ones. "Warm" colors - red, yellow and orange - traditionally are thought to offer feelings of heat, whether psychological ,imaginary or real
How would you feel about the painting if it was green or overwhelmingly blue instead of red?
Do you think a change in color would change the dreaming symbolism or meaning?
Think about it??
The color blue might change the location to water instead of the sky, sun or fire.
The artwork is limited in terms of perspective. The lizard is very flat. However, the dotted, rhythmic patterns and variety of colored circles helps to make the picture move. This work is cheerful, bright and happy.
Do you think this artwork is successful ? Why or why not?
What reasons can you give for your idea of why this is a good or bad artwork?
Remember: You must complete steps 1,2,&3 completely, before you can finally judge whether a piece of artwork has merit and is successful.
The aboriginal work of art Wiradiuri is colorful and with its array of warm color, offers the viewer exciting and happy emotions . The central figure of the lizard floats peacefully in the artwork. The repeated dot patterns, characteristic of the Papunya tribe allow the circles to continually move like a true dream floating in ones mind. The artwork is well balanced and is unified. I think that this piece of art demonstrates that the artist is well versed in his craft. And I feel that this is is an excellent example of an aboriginal dreaming.