Usuyuki (1979) by Jasper Johns

Usuyuki - Jasper Johns - 1979

Artwork Information

ArtistJasper Johns
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism

About Usuyuki

“Usuyuki” is an artwork created by Jasper Johns in 1979, positioned within the artistic movement of Abstract Expressionism. This abstract genre piece exhibits a departure from literal representation, allowing the viewer to engage with the artwork on a more subjective and emotional level.

The artwork in question presents a series of panels that, when viewed together, create a cohesive visual experience. The piece is dominated by a warm palette, featuring shades of orange and yellow that suggest a certain lightness and translucency. The composition is rhythmic, with a pattern of intersecting lines creating a complex network of shapes throughout the panels. These interlocking forms conjure a sense of organized chaos, characteristic of Johns’ work during this period, where pattern and repetition play a significant role.

The use of color and texture within “Usuyuki” evoke a sense of depth and movement, despite the absence of representational forms. It is this interplay between the elements of line, color, and pattern that engages the viewer, encouraging an exploration of the work’s surface and the visceral responses such textures and hues elicit. Overall, this piece serves as a testament to Jasper Johns’ mastery in manipulating these artistic elements to create abstract compositions that continue to intrigue and challenge audiences.

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