Two Pieces of Art with Two Different Approaches

A split image that features the two pieces of artwork reviewed in this blog post.

Two Pieces of Art with Two Different Approaches
Contemporary Art Review

Written by DJ Hadoken

In this blog post we will review artwork by two artists (Jiae Hwang and John Espinosa) and observe how they utilized different materials to express their ideas.

A monochrome digital drawing that depicts a distressed-looking girl with her hand in the air, tattling on a robot that is sitting next to her in a classroom.
This image is an A.I. generated interpretation of Jiae Hwang’s original drawing.

Jiae Hwang
“Teacher, He keeps bothering me!”

“Teacher, He keeps bothering me!” is a drawing created by Jiae Hwang, sometime around October 2003 or earlier. It was exhibited in Miami, Florida. The materials used were graphite on paper.

It depicts a girl raising her hand in the air “tattling” on a robot in a humorous, science fiction-esque atmosphere, with an awareness of popular culture.

Her style appears to be influenced by that of Japanese comics, where characters are depicted having large eyes and small mouths.

The popular culture influence also seems to come from Japanese comics, where a large number tend to deal with science fiction that involves a great amount of interaction between humans and robots as the central theme. In the case of Hwang’s drawing, it deals with this kind of interaction in a classroom, which in itself is an unlikely setting that works well to add humor to the piece.

The drawing remains simple with no background, only the depiction of the desks where these “students” sit. It is active, where the girl’s expression shows clear distress and the robot’s stern figure (with hand placed calmly on the desk) hints at something that has just occurred.

It is balanced, where the eye is not drawn to one figure specifically. Nothing immediately jumps from the page. The angle of the drawing also helps to maintain this.

However, the drawing does seem to need at least one more element. Perhaps some sort of a background would add more depth and meaning to the drawing.

Although the graphite works to express the simplicity of the drawing, an alternate medium (such as pen) may have served better to express the overall appeal of the subject matter. The addition of color may have also done well to add to the facial expressions of the characters in the drawing.

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An image that resembles analog artwork that depicts an obese Asian child with measuring tapes and various other clippings of paper strewn around it.
This image is an A.I. generated interpretation of John Espinosa’s original artwork.

John Espinosa
“In Just Two Days Tomorrow Will be Yesterday”

“In Just Two Days Tomorrow Will be Yesterday” is a piece of artwork created by John Espinosa, sometime around October 2003 or earlier. It was exhibited in Miami, Florida. It was composed of mixed media on paper.

It depicts an obese Asian child that slightly resembles a sumo wrestler. There are measurements strewn about the main image that measure parts of the child’s body (such as head width, arm size, height and various other dimensions of the child’s body).

There is a sense of absurdness within the picture. This toddler completely defies any views that children from certain regions of the globe suffer from malnutrition or are deprived in any way.

The weight of this child suggests wealth. Perhaps this child comes from a royal family that can afford an abundant amount of food to feed it. One may also question how the child is able to hold itself upright, considering the proportion of the child’s upper body to its lower body.

This piece is also simple and inventive. The scale marks around the central image add a sense of movement to the piece. Their movement in different directions about the central image express almost a melodic feeling.

Its simplicity allows for it to achieve its purpose well. The artist demonstrates a very creative vision, where he uses simplicity to address what we don’t usually think much about (in this case, the actual dimensions of children and what we believe to be “normal” of them). When it is presented to us finally, we begin to wonder.

The title also serves as a medium to interpret the piece. It evokes a sense that there are many possible interpretations and meanings hidden within.

Overall, the materials chosen and the techniques used seem to express the central idea very well. The simplicity acts very strongly within this piece to create a message of absurdity and wonder.


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