|Jasper Johns, White Flag, 1955, encaustic, newsprint, and charcoal over canvas (source)|
|Jasper Johns, Numbers in Colour, 1958-59, (source)|
|Jasper Johns, Green target, 1955, encuastic and newsprint over canvas, (source)|
I love the way he uses symbols in his work- the way he lets your mind fill in the blanks- despite a monochrome colour scheme- we still know what symbol he's manipulating- it's like he's hiding things in plain sight, and somehow by manipulating these symbols (that we frequently revere- whether consciously or not) his art seems more playful, and yet serious- full of contrasts. I love how his art is really seriously and heavily worked- without seeming to get any tighter, so that it still seems effortless. I actually feel a little silly saying that I love this art, because Jasper Johns works are so confidant and so effortlessly true, I don't know how anyone could not love them.