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I love looking at this painting. It plays with my sense foreground and background. Just when I think it’s the orange shape, the large pink with its engaging texture demands attention. Then there’s the gray and white section, so atmospheric, with just a little black intrusion at the edge to make me wonder what’s going on there. Is the black invading or receding?The green underpainting adds depth of thought and a sense of process.  The division between gray-white-black and pink-orange teases me into reflecting on the history of image making and photography. 
This painting measures 40 x 30 inches. It is the first painting by a person who has never painted before. It was painted in two class periods of three hours each. How is this possible!? Granted, the ambiance in the class is stimulating, the students are bright and motivated, all of them, and I as the instructor enjoy lively conversation. But still, amazing.
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This drawing conveys a sense of depth even though at first sight it may appear to be a simple line drawing.  I don’t mean depth in the sense of perspective.  There’s none of that here.  I mean depth in the sense of complexity of perception.  The subject matter is easy to read.  It’s a plant in a pot and on the table next to it is a figurine.  What gives the drawing depth is the variations on the theme of black-gray—and–white.  All possible combinations are documented, as if in an encyclopedia: white on gray, white on black, gray on white, gray on black, black on white, black on gray.  I doubt that the artist/student, Monte, set out with an encyclopedic intention.  If he had, the work would probably not be as intriguing and fun to look at.  It’s a smart, witty drawing.  Uncanny, once you see the play on values, the technical term for shades.

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