mark rothko is a name i’m sure you’ve heard if you are at all interested in art. his large, simple canvases have captivated many before me, and i am sure they will captivate many more to come. it’s often unclear just what it is about his work that fascinates people…one of my design teachers and i were just talking about this last week, in fact.
for me, rothko as a man is fascinating. but even without prior knowledge of him, i feel i would be enthralled by his work. i remember when i turned my body in the whitney museum in new york city and i saw this piece hanging. four darks in red. sure, this photo was staged, but before and after it i really did just stand like that. i was in awe.
the canvas just pulled me in. if i weren’t hyperaware of setting off alarms everywhere i go i probably would’ve walked right into it. the dark colors, clearly conveying a strong emotion grabbed and kept my attention.
my first year of college i did my first ever mood board completely based off of rothko and his work. this piece was one that i found and loved in my research. so the ties to this piece for me are ties of a beginning, surprise, and fear for how things will turn out.