Recently, I visited a gallery at my school entitled “The Chair Project”. It displayed many pictures of chairs covered in black and white striped cloth. It was apparent that there were three different kinds of chairs that the artists chose from, though on the surface, that seems like a limited selection, each chair truly had something about it that set it apart from the rest.
The drawings all used the principles of atmospheric perspective. They all had darker in the front portion of their drawings and fainter, lighter lines in the back. This gives an illusion of depth and makes everything seem much more realistic. The drawings were very nicely shaded and made the drawings pop and come to life right in front of me. The drawings were done using charcoal, and though this usually causes drawings to be messy, the drawings were very clean for the most part and there was not a lot of visual noise occupying the negative space.
Though I had trouble deriving any sort of visual meaning or purpose behind these pieces of art, it was interesting to see the techniques that each artist used to make their drawing different from the rest. It seemed as though each artist would put an emphasis on a different nuance or little meticulous detail. Some artists used varied line weight, while others focused less on line quality and put a huge emphasis on shading. While some were dead center in the paper, some artists went with a more interesting composition and would zoom in really far occupying most of the paper and having limited negative space. Some would have an open composition and have the chair on the very edge of the paper, allowing the viewer to feel as though they can see around the chair on the page.
Overall, this gallery was interesting. It was though provoking to see how each artist essentially drew the same thing, but somehow managed to make it their own. Each artist had their own unique and very distinct style and it made the gallery truly remarkable. The wide variety of compositions and techniques was refreshing to see. These artists have a bright future ahead of them and I can only wait at the edge of my seat to see what they produce next.