Aerial Gyrations

Charles Sheeler painted Aerial Gyrations in 1953, a time when the postwar era was redefining the American economy and industrial front. This painting is conveying light and reflections as physical matter. Often combining the complexity and power of industrialization with light and space, Sheeler is able to create a real sense of movement in work. Staring directly into this piece one almost feels dizzy. The construction towering above the audience and the repetition of the geometry almost create a sense claustrophobia. Simultaneously the color of the composition makes one wonder what is real and what is not. Sheeler's art uses perspective and color to manipulate reality. This is not necessarily a criticism of industrialization, but rather a work that admires it. Sheeler takes industrial architecture, which is already complex and confusing, and further twists and layers it. This piece is in many ways a distortion of reality, and still and representation of the concrete.

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Aerial Gyrations, Charles Sheeler, 1953, 24 x 19 in, oil on canvas

Aerial Gyrations, Charles Sheeler, 1953, 24 x 19 in, oil on canvas