Date: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Critique: The piece Carrion, by Julian Callos, is part of a show called ‘The End’, which is about heartbreak and the apocalypse, and eventually, regrowth. This piece specifically is near the end of Callos’ narrative. The crows depicted around the body of the boy help to illustrate this narrative— crows are usually harbingers of death and gather around dead things. The crows also work to draw the eye to the boy’s head. All of the crows’ beaks point to his head, so it does not matter which crow the viewer starts from, as they will be drawn to the same point in the composition each time. The boy’s head is cracked and broken, but heavily bandaged, which symbolizes the beginning of the healing process after the apocalypse. As well, regrowth is present in this illustration depicting death in the form of the single flower growing from between the boy’s lips. The colours in this illustration are very fantastic and help draw the eye. The dark crows stand out against the light background, and the bright purple details of the crows’ feathers help draw the eye so that it starts in that area of the composition. While the boy’s skin is not in high contrast with the background and very dull (which further gives the viewer a sense of death), the flower growing from his lips is in very high contrast with the background. The blue lines in the flower are also in high contrast with the red of the flower, and this contrast helps keep the viewer’s eye on the flower. Overall, the content of Carrion by Julian Callos is very captivating, and helps the viewer walk through the themes of the apocalypse and regrowth in this one illustration. The design elements he used are very effective to bring out the themes of ‘The End’ and make the illustration interesting and captivating.