Sometimes I wonder if artists create things because they want to surprise or shock or even hurt the viewer. I see the four sections of the four artists. At least two of them are distinctly unpleasant to me. Then again that's why it's art. There's no empirical way to judge it.
petrea -- I don't know much about art, but . . . Actually, I do know something about art—and one of these is really hideous, IMHO.
I like the western side the best.
Thank you, Alexa. That makes me feel better. I know a few things, too--plus I know what I like. I would call one hideous (IMHO, of course), one derivative, and two are merely inoffensive. No offense to folks who like them, Suzy!
It looks well balanced with abstracts east and west and figurative art north and south.I wonder if the artists got into arguments about the conjoined and sometimes blended areas which were done quite well. You know, "Get that blob away from my umbrella." Or, " If I wanted a tiny Japanese flag there don't you think I would have painted one in?"Most of them seem derivative, "Yeah, seen that in the '20s; that in the '30s; and that in the '50s," was my first reaction.The north is a bit like Fernand Leger (1881 – 1955) meets Hieronymous Bosch (1450 - 1516).The one to the south is appealing. I like the collagen-injected lips slurping, in a conspicuously consuming way, strands of soba noodles ala Hef. The white highlights on the nude make her look made of plastic. It's like the artist has something to say rather than imitate.
Petrea, just wait until Lois sees all of this. I'll be interested to hear what she has to say about the art.
There are hints of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in this... appears to be a representation of His Noodley Appendage by the Chinese artist.
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