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Saturday, February 21, 2009

23 February 2009

“From Me to You” by Shelley Lane Kommers, etsy seller OiseauxNoir

This piece is a print of an original collage by etsy seller Shelley Lane Kommers. The composition depicts a cropped silhouette of a woman with four hearts positioned on the image plane so that they appear to be coming out of her mouth. The overall shape of the image plane is essentially square. However, a thread outline continues outside the boundaries of the square image plane. On the image plane this thread outline is just that — an outline — it follows the shape of the silhouette of the woman. But outside of the image plane this thread outline meanders abstractly; instead of doing something visually typical like completing the outline of the silhouette. The white thread acts differently outside the image plane than it does within the image plane. The silhouette of the woman presents itself as separate from the background by virtue of pattern. The silhouette consists of a shape cut out of an object, particularly a map of central France; where as the background appears to be a piece of paper with mechanical notes altered with paint to contrast the silhouette in terms of lack or obfuscation of pattern. In that the map is visually obvious as a map; it presents a typical pattern of interconnecting lines, geometric and abstract shapes, and words. The map as silhouette is presented sideways (so that the traditional text is vertically oriented instead of horizontally). From a visual standpoint the most dominant lines on the map trisect the entire shape of the silhouette, ultimately intersecting at the cheek of the woman. Also present near their point of intersection is a portion of the map that graphically represents a metropolitan area; this is visually located at the part of the silhouette where the eye would be. This creates a focal point. Also, from a point of color contrast works in collusion with another visual focal point: the four hearts. Where as the lines are red and the metropolitan area is a block of beige, the hearts are orange; as opposed to everything else on the image plane which is essentially white or very light in tone so that it’s almost white. The hearts are visually notable by means of color contrast, shape, and placement. They are juxtaposed to the silhouette so that they appear to be descending from the mouth. In this visual treatment the parts if the image act in concert with the title of the piece: “From Me to You.” As if to indicate that the silhouette representative of a woman is wishing someone by virtue of the visual presentation of symbolic hearts some communication of love.
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“From Me to You” by the Beatles, from the album "Past Masters Volume 1"

artist: Jasper Johns
Jasper Johns, Jr. (born May 15, 1930) is a contemporary American artist known mostly for his paintings and their iconography of flags, targets, letters & numbers. He was born in Georgia, and grew up in Allendale, South Carolina. He attended the Universiy of South Carolina for three semester before leaving for New York and a brief stint at the Parsons School of Design. In New York he met Robert Rauschenberg, with whom he became a friend & contemporary. Having come to prominence during the movement of Abstract Expressionism, he is sometimes referred to as that, he is also known as a Pop Artist or Neo-Dadaist. He is most famous in art history tomes for his painting “Flag” (1954) of an American flag, and for “Painted Broze” (1960), his bronze casting of two Ballantine Ale cans.

Matthew Marks Gallery



  1. What an absolute fantastic explanation of the map collage.
    I understood it so much more through your words, especially with the eyes and cheeks bing defined with the use of the red lines and the 'city area' ... wow, it is such a clever piece of art.

  2. Interesting unique work from this artist.

  3. thank you for featuring my work!
    i'm very flattered and so happy i found your site.

  4. Enjoyed reading about the map collage - very interesting and unique:)

  5. That's a lot of information at once! Thanks for sharing everything!