Chi Thanh Mai


These drawings drew my attention because of the unique ways in which large seemingly flat linear elements invoke different sensations of space. In the first drawing, which depicts a Buddhist temple, the stacking and layering of the different towers help to develop a sense of depth and perception in space. With the tree limbs acting as visual guides to move us around the negative space we eventually converge on the dense patch of leaves in the background. This focal point in the drawing/painting helps generate a sense of shrinking back to a singular moment in space. The temple facade on the right side of the painting sets a very stark foreground in contrast to the tunneling effect of the buildings and tree limbs. The figure which appears to be some what abstracted from the reality of the painting by hovering between foreground and background. The whole drawing almost seems to reach out while still beckoning you deep to the tree line.


The other two drawings dealt less with creating an illusion of depth or perception, rather their effect on me was mostly a projection of space from a 2D plane. The wide strokes are angled in ways that almost make them seem like they are coming off the paper and filling the space between you and the wall/screen. The one on the right with the white line work creates such a noticeable vacuum on the bottom half between C shape objects. The triangle that is formed by the negative space opens up the painting to the viewer and creates a path into the painting.

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