After every corner. This artwork contains symmetry, as the

After The
Deluge: Museum 2007 is a chromogenic print affixed to a Plexiglas
support, created by world renowned fashion icon and photographer, David
LaChapelle. It sizes are listed as 79in*90in. Born March 11th, 1963,
Lachapelle has been immersed in art since his youth. At the young age of
seventeen, Lachapelle met world renowned artist Andy Warhol. This led to
LaChapelle chancing upon a job at up and coming Warhol-backed Interview magazine. A career sprouted from
this chance encounter; LaChapelle is now a famous artist, his work being
appraised in places as close as New York City and as far as Rome. LaChapelle is
best known for his photography, which could be described as a “social
commentary”; his photographs sometimes allude to consumerism, social status
quos and art history.  LaChapelle’s style
can be described as post-pop, and classified as surrealism. I think that
LaChapelle created After the Deluge:
Museum 2007, to compare himself to Michelangelo and emphasis his extreme
liking to Roman artwork.

            Museum 2007 is part of a collection by
LaChapelle called After the Deluge. In
this artwork, you are shown a flooded museum with classical pictures anointing
the wall, in the style of famous Renaissance artists or Michelangelo’s Deluge, created to be put in the Sistine
Chapel. I would classify this artwork as religious and historical, with the
historic presence being dominate.  The
artwork is devoid of human presence; toward the front of the artwork, the
colors are dark and gloomy. The flooded museum is littered with old newspapers
and soggy maps, floating in the murky water. On the side of the dark doorway
are two classical paintings; enter the door, towards the back of the painting,
and the colors intensify. The wall of this room is red instead of the same
shaded lime green, and on the wall sits two paintings. Towards the middle of
the artwork, you see a ripple in the flood waters. This can signify a leakage
in the roof; or, it could signify the ongoing of the flood, instead of a
hiatus.

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            This
artwork is very complex, as it has many different vocal points. Although the
bright vs. dark colors are distracting, and the paintings on the wall are
entertaining if discernable by the naked eye, I believe the vocal and main
point of this artwork is the flood. It is prevalent throughout the artwork and
in every corner. This artwork contains symmetry, as the likenesses on either
side of the doorway are similar; two paintings one of either side of the wall
or two paintings inside the doorway on either side of the wall. LaChapelle uses
perspective to create an illusion of space and depth on the flat surface of the
painting; the bigger Michelangelo-esque paintings towards the front of the
artwork are bigger and more in depth compared to the ones in the back.

            Light
research and a working knowledge of American history lets me know that the
flood waters covering the museum depicted in LaChapelle’s artwork and the date
2007 that is given in the name of the artwork could both possibly be referring
to Hurricane Katrina, the cause for many floods that year. The Deluge, a famous fresco commissioned by the Pope to be made for
the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, depicts the flooding of the Earth by God.

LaChapelle’s After The Deluge: Museum
200, may be alluding to similar struggles in contemporary times, but with
Hurricane Katrina as the ill-fated “Deluge”.

Referencing art history, religion and pop culture,
LaChapelle secures his spot with the legends. His rendition of classical
paintings inside of After The Deluge:
Museum 2007 are almost as vibrant as the real deal.

 

 

 

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