Bloom

Bloom

The use of Greek and Roman statues has seen a huge uptick in the past decade thanks to the rise of Vaporware and its aesthetic. While the statue here may be said to be the primarily element and the gradients at the bottom might suggest a further connection these are where the similarities end: one in form, one in technique. Outside the gradient there isn’t anything to suggest the digital which is a key component to that medium. While this image was almost certainly created via digital software it maintains a traditional collage look which is refreshing in how out of fashion it is- within the world of fashion. Supposedly Collage as a website aesthetic is on trending in 2021. Whether it will stay with the nerds or trickle down to the plebes is anyone’s guess.

The color pallet is interesting; the red, blue, yellow; combined with red, white, and green doesn’t seem like it should work. It’s only the clever use of zoning and negative space that prevents the clash. You don’t really see this image all at once and the midway isn’t, but seems like the marred section of the body which jumps your gaze to another section instead of allowing it to wander. The big circle round back anchors the piece in space while the smaller one prevents you from missing the arm. It’s very well thought out.

Design by: Boldndelicious
Price:  $22.00 @ Redbubble
Colors: Black, White, Grey, Tan, Light Blue

Bicycle Wheel

Bicycle Wheel

Supposedly this is an image depicting the very first of Duchamp’s “readymades” (circa. 1913), which seems like a bit of a misnomer. In the context of fine art ‘”readymade” seems as though it were once interchangeable with the term “found object”. As Duchamp assembled this object from two disparate elements it is hard to see how it might be considered “found” or “ready made”; Both terms seem to imply a Homunculus, or ‘fully formed’ state of being prior to the re-contextualization of an object from the Mundane to that of fine art. Looking at the more famous example one wonders if ‘R Mutt’ is really “found” if the signature wasn’t also there to begin with. The signature feels like an apology upon a piece that is suppose to be and have been revolutionary.

Nevertheless this work is important to the history of art. It speaks to Dada and even suggests some of the principals of bauhaus in the simple geometry the photograph itself captures. As a design, independent of context, it works as something refined in its simplicity; within context though, if one sees it and knows anything of Modern Art, one knows that the wearer has cherrypicked one of the more important and under appreciated works within the canon. It’s a good, slightly snobby, work. It channels the spirit of Dada spirit and Gonzo sensibilities quite well.

Design by: Fruitjuice
Price:  $25.00 @ DesignbyHumans
Colors: White