“Pomegranate Planet (for Dee Shapiro)” – Tullio – 2014(click image for larger view)
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I love “Pomegranate Planet”. This is my favorite painting. Robin egg blue and red contrast very nicely in my eyes. These were always my favorite colors together. I’m not sure if that is the reason why I like this painting so much, or if it is because the painting itself almost entrances me. I sat here and stared at this painting for almost ten minutes, thinking “I feel as if I just entered a world of Dr. Seuss”. It is like a planet made of fruit and I can see the “core” of the planet, being the middle of the fruit underneath the seeds. If I decide to lay down and watch the stars, I can take in all of the scarlet color of the “pomegranate” solar system and look for the red constellations. I also cannot help but be reminded of “James and the Giant Peach”. If I break into the “skin” of the pomegranate, there are bunches of non-human friends celebrating and dancing inside. To me, it seems like a planet of happiness and free, creative living. Everyone gets along here and there is always music playing. I would imagine the only problem the habitants might encounter would be some occasional pesky fruit flies. This is a place that I would certainly not mind visiting. I might even want to stay. (Sound of snapping fingers) For a few minutes, I almost thought I was really there. (Sigh) Oh well. Back to reality I suppose. This is a really cool piece Mr. DeSantis. I did not expect that I would have just now went on a magical journey. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” (Dr. Seuss)
The Pomegranate Planet has rewarded me with mystery and discovery throughout its many depths. I see an opening in the middle where I could jump into the planet and be reborn with an entirely different life. The six little whitish ovals look like seeds inside a pomegranate, which is why I thought of life being reborn with seeds. The red patterns on top of what the pomegranate would be is another sense of mystery because it looks like multiple mazes all over. Mazes make me feel there is going to be a surprise around every corner; it’s never going to be boring. With jumping into the pomegranate, the new life isn’t going to be boring, it’s going to be like a maze. A change in direction and a new view around every corner.
Looking at Pomegranate Planet makes me feel like I am looking into a whole different planet. The colors are beautiful together in the artwork. I think in the center it looks like it keeps going into another world with how the texture is portrayed. The lines around the outside also make the center the focal point and I could stare at it for a long time. I really like this piece.
I find this piece to be a nice change of pace from the normal landscape of dots. It stands out, not only because of that, but because of the wonderful contrast of colors. It has a form; a very distinct shape, which my logical mind appreciates. A form which takes shape in that of a kiwi, not a pomegranate. I also imagine it as a malevolent omniscient eyeball with teeth, absorbing/devouring all that comes into contact with it. Perhaps I’m playing too many old videogames?
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