Welcome to the esteemed gallery that Art Club has put together for your amusement. I am your host, Jon, and I will be guiding you through the early days of Art Club’s various artists and pieces. Be sure to thank the gallery’s sponsor, Yomu, for working in conjunction with us to bring you this extravagant event. At the end of the tour you are encouraged to offer patronage in order to keep our esteemed institution in top-form, after all, this gallery simply could not operate if all our artists were starving! It seems everyone is here, so let us commence with this evenings tour.
Established in 2016, Art Club has offered many contributions to the gallery. As I mentioned, we will be looking at the early works of its members today. I will offer critique and commentary as we take the time to study each piece. Please save all questions and comments until the end of the tour where I will provide each one ample time and attention. Lastly, I must request that you refrain from the use of flash-photography, video recording, and cellphone use during the tour. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Our first display is a more unusual piece that is of the, “Episode 1” Period. The artist is none other than Mizuki herself. What makes this piece interesting is the decision to place it into a chair. It gives the work a constrained feeling which contrasts the openness the painting would otherwise have. As you can clearly see, it has the classic apple motif that we have come to love and respect in Mizuki’s work. Though, I must confess that this is a recreation due to the tragedy that would occur mere moments later.
Yes, a tragedy…
If you turn to face your right, you will see that the painting was MURDERED! Having fallen into a puddle of paint it became an eerie crimson. Fortunately for Mizuki, some have said that this is even an improvement and something that would eventually propel her career to new heights. We have faithfully recreated the scene as it occurred that day with the original painting. Please, take in the detail as I begin my professional analysis of the piece.
Popular in the 20th and early 21st century, monochrome paintings were integral to the Minimalist movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Of course, we know that this was derived in-and-of-itself of the Modernism movement, which underwent dramatic shifts post-World War II.
A fun fact, monochrome painting was originally initiated in Paris, 1882. While other works consisting of a single color had been done previously, dating all the way to 1617, it wasn’t until Alphonse Allais took notice that the style became more wide-spread. This would eventually lead to a whole separate movement known as Dadaism.
Back to the piece at hand, this reminds me of what is, perhaps, the most famous monochrome painting, Blue Epoch. The biggest difference is that Mizuki’s work is of a far darker shade that contrasts the brighter colors of the referenced work. Brilliantly, though by accident, Mizuki’s masterpiece is framed against a white shirt with splashes of color added, which is a clear homage to The Greats that came before her. Though a tragedy to have lost her original vision, the world would never be the same after this momentous event.
Moving on, we will now examine the work of Subaru. He worked alongside Mizuki in their early years, though you would hardly be able to tell. The influence each had on the other is non-existent, if there was even any influence at all. However, we value all works produced by Art Club here, especially those in their formative early years.
This time we have a portrait of one of Subaru’s many waifus. On display here is his second-place entry at a local competition in his home town back in 2016. Clearly an exemplary work, the combination of a fox-girl in a middle school class swimsuit was an ingenious touch. Though this is not my personal taste, I cannot deny the shear level of detail Subaru poured into this piece. Truly amazing!
Compared to the third place, and even to some extant, the first place winner, those works come off as derivative and uninspired. They do not explore such carnal desires, pay homage to great artists, and leave almost no impression. The brush work is sloppy, the colors bland, they may make for excellent pieces to hang in a hipster’s coffee shop, but none are deserving of such a fine institution as this! With that said, we wanted to preserve the integrity of the work’s original presentation, and as such, they have been included in this wonderful display. Please, take your time to enjoy the art.
In case you doubted Subaru’s talents and dared to call him a hack, then let me present to you a previous work of his. This is a portrait he did of Mizuki herself! Take it in, enjoy the crisp lines, superb shading, and perfectly captured, “rough” look etched into the background. To imagine, this was just a sketch and not even a fully dedicated piece! Truly, he is deserving to hang here in the walls of this illustrious gallery! Included is an additional sketch-piece he did when helping a lost child. A man destined to fly to great heights!
Finally, we have reached the end of this portion of the tour. I will leave you with one last apple painting by Mizuki. Again, I must thank you for your interest in the guided tour exploring the early years of the residents of Art Club. Please enjoy the rest of the gallery at your leisure and don’t be afraid to bring any questions you have forward at this time or as you explore. Please, enjoy your experience at this esteemed gallery!
Don’t forget to pay your respects to our current sponsor, Yomu. Of course, we ask that you pledge your support to the gallery so that we may continue to fund additional installments in the future, to do so, please follow the sign below to our donation area. Have a wonderful day, and we hope you will visit our wonderful gallery again in the near future!