Analysis – Xiaowen Chen Gallery


Xiaowen Chen

Identify and describe three different print techniques – examples


This piece was painted on a smooth canvas.  This is a very traditional method of painting and provides for very clean looking lines, and doesn’t leave a papery texture that distracts the viewer’s eye from seeing the piece.


This piece was inked on very thin paper.  This is also a very traditional way of making art.  The artist used a thin ink brush to ensure that the textures in the piece came out accurately.


All of the forms displayed in this piece were cut out of thin pieces of wood and then inked black to show the figures.  This is a very untraditional way of making art and isn’t something that one would see every day.

One print to talk about contrast motion and noise


This piece has very low contrast.  This is mainly because of the grey background that makes the entire piece blend.  The shields in the piece are semi transparent and don’t differ much in color from the background.  The police line in the front is a bright white color and pops out from the rest of the piece; this is the best example of contrast in the piece.  The shields are arranged in such a way that creates both motion and noise.  All of the shields are banging against each other and one can’t help but imagine a police team trying to hold back a riot.

Describe the framing of a composition

This picture has a fairly thin wooden frame.  Though this is open composition it does a good job of containing the piece.  The frame is very and doesn’t take away from the piece, but it does its job and provides containment for the work of art.


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