Portrait Society Show Packs Emotional Punch
The Power of Great Paintings
I personally believe that an author’s voice is their point of view. It also conveys what mood they’re in, and the tone of the piece. An author’s voice is reflected in their word choice, the structure of their piece, and the pacing of their piece. From both of Todd Mrozinkski’s Urban Milwaukee articles, it is very clear that he uses his voice to express his passion for fine art.
In the first article, Portrait Society Show Packs Emotional Punch, Mrozinski describes artists Thomas Haneman, M. Winston, and Ted Brusubardis as artists “who do work that is slave for the soul.” It’s very obvious that Mrozinski seems to find some sort of comfort in these artists’ work. Mrozinski describes each of the artist's works in great detail. One example of this is the description of M. Winston’s gum wrapper. Mrozinski describes it as “abstract watercolors on paper, each piece uniformly framed in black.” He also goes on to describe the gallery space as it “emanates with piano music which infuses the entire gallery.” Mrozinski also goes into detail about the piano solo, describing it as a “determined vigor like a seed pushing through soil.”
In the second article, The Power of Great Paintings, Mrozinski begins the article with his experience at the Philips Collection in Washington D.C., and was excited for some of the pieces in the collection to be coming to the Milwaukee Art Museum. The gallery is owned by Duncan Philips, a collector of fine art. Mrozinski at the end of the article explains that Philips wasn’t just a collector, he supported many artists personally, and supported their careers by featuring their artwork in galleries. Just from this opening statement, it’s obvious that Mrozinski cares a great deal about fine art, even going so far as to travel to see different art galleries across the country. He starts off talking about a painting by Henri Fantin-Latour, describing it as a “small pyramid of peaches.” Another painting Mrozinski brings up is Berthe Morisot’s painting, “Two Girls”. He describes it as “capturing the light of the interior space two women are sitting in.” Other works of art Mrozinski mentions in his second article are Paul Cezanne’s “Self Portrait”, Pierre Bonnard’s “The Open Window”, and Chaim Soutine’s “The Pheasant.”
From what I can tell from these two articles is that Mrozinski is clearly passionate about fine arts. He often finds ways to describe artwork that make you feel immersed in it, even if you aren’t actually there. I feel like the work he’s a fan of is very different from the work he produces. The work Mrozinski showcases on his website is limited in colors, while the ones he showcases in the article are more colorful. I also appreciate how Mrozinski incorporates his real life experiences into his work, as well as in the articles he has written. Overall, Mrozinski is shown to use his voice to express a passion for fine art.