The Best Show

General: The title of this artwork is "The Best Show" by Elia Colombo who captions the work  "Stop watching TV, thee's a universe outside." The work was published on her site gebe.it in August of 2013. The image is of an anthropomorphized television sitting in a sofa chair looking through a window to the night sky outside. 
 

Background:

The background of the picture is for the most part dedicated to the inner features of the room where the television is sitting. Beneath the sofa chair, the floor is tiled and segmented into large squares. There's a calendar on a wall to the left dated August 10th (which is probably a reference to when the piece was created.) Beside and beneath the calendar, and also beneath the window seal, the wall is torn and cracked, revealing some of the scaffolding beneath. The focal point of the background is the scene through the open window. Panels to either side of the window have been pulled inward to reveal the night sky outside. 

Figure:

The central figure for the piece is the Televisions sitting in its sofa chair, oriented towards the open window, with it's back and the back of the chair facing the viewer. The right leg of the tv is stretched outward and relaxed and the tv's right hand is resting on the arm of the sofa with a remote control. The television's plug is removed from its socket and lying on the ground to the left of the sofa chair. The antenna atop the tv's head is jagged and bent out of shape.

Color:

The palette of the piece as a whole is very limited, the most dominant color being grey, which is used in a few different shades to create patterns, textures, and shadows.  Light and dark grey squares and rectangles are used to created the scaffolding patterns, where the wall has been torn. Tiny grey dots line the back of the chair and give the sofa a textured pattern. Throughout the image a darker shade of grey is used to create shadows within a few elements of the design including the main figure, the chair it's sitting in,  the calendar as well as the open window seals. 
By contrast to the inward landscape of, the night sky outside is a vibrant blue, that begins at a darker hue near the height of the of the window then falls into lighter shades below, and throughout the night sky, points of white light create stars that dot the sky. Accents of blue,  from the scene outside drift in and shade elements of the  inner scene. The contours of the windows seals, the floor tiles, and the tv gazing outside are all touched by the blue of the night sky. 

Meaning & Being

There are a lot of small details about the picture that make wonder like why is the tv unplugged, what's the significance of the antenna being bent out of shape, and whey are the walls cracked ... and also why is the tv holding a remote. My guess is that the tv holding the remote is to show what it's tuned into to, which in this case is the outside world. But the jagged antenna and the deterioration of the walls inside is a reflection of what the inner state has become. Things inside are wearing down, they've lost their color, But by unplugging and giving attention to the outside world, new light has begun to re-enter the home.
 


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Nirvana

General:

The title of this design is Nirvana, the Artist is Elia Colombo and she captions the picture "Forget yourself and feel the Universe inside>" The image is of a light bulb sitting in a meditative posture, whose bulb is filled not with light, but starry space

Color Pattern: 

The background of this piece is completely white and featureless, while the body of the light bulb, as well as it's hands and legs are a few shades of light gray. Within the bulb the color is completely black dotted with white points of light. The filament for the Bulb (the little-coiled wire inside) what produces the kind of orange/yellow luminous light of a light bulb. But in the picture, it's a solid black wire, outlined in an opaque white, that helps distinguish it from the rest of the space filled Bulb. In terms of general Patterns, she uses loose points of white within the black bulb to help represent starry space. Then she uses a coiled pattern for the socket/body of the Bulb.

Figure Description: 

It's a light Bulb in a meditative pose. With a filament glowing inside the large bulb, beneath the bulb is the spiraling socket as the torso of the body, and extending horizontally from the left and right side of the socket are slender arms. At the end of each arm are four-fingered hands in the om position, with the forefinger and thumb touching, and the other two fingers extending outward. At the base of the socket are two slim legs crossed over one another. The lines used to create the general shape are sometimes angular (like at the joints in the hands and knees) but are otherwise gently curving. The contour lines are thick. 

Meaning & Being

I like this picture because it's an interesting subversion on what you'd expect Enlightenment to be. You'd kind of expect deep meditation to lead to a state that's luminous, bright and golden, how The Buddha is often depicted, and how a light bulb that's switched on does look. But here the bulb is not illuminated it's dark. And the space withing the bulb is expansive. Instead of becoming Golden, like a bright idea occurring, the inner space of the bulb has expanded to include several thousand points of light. It's a display of what enlightenment might feel like to the person experiencing it as pose to an what it would look like to an outside observer.  


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What Does it Mean to you. How does it Make you feel.