One image from Mapplethorpe’s folio that I would like to discuss is the Lydia Cheng, 1985. The model comes from the female nudes. From observation, there are some feature and design principles that make the picture to be in harmony with the rest of the images in the folio. One is texture; all images in the folio uses Simulated surface. The appearance of the photos of the Mapplethorpe’s folio is painted to provide the illusion of smooth skin. The skin illustrated in the image is not the same as the one evident in the real-life situation. The second element that makes Lydia Cheng, 1985 relate directly with the rest of the images is the concept of movement. Like most of the images in the folio, Lydia Cheng, 1985, can be placed under renaissance movement. They all related to them since they express the feeling as per the named flow. Another artistic concept that makes all of the images relate is the concept of harmony, all pieces of art in the folio are in the same adjusted colour and shapes when mentioning about the background of the images. The last thing to say that makes the image relate is the concept of proportion. The artist uses almost the whole space to present the main image. The image is concentrated at the centre of the painting material something that puts more emphasis on the object being displayed.
The images in the folio contribute much to the meaning or artistic value in the sense that, they are presented in a harmonious way using all the design principles something that makes the whole thing attractive to the on-lookers. On the other hand, since art is meant to educate, trigger emotions, criticism, and motivate in an encrypted manner. It can be clearly stated that the images in the folio make a lot of sense since they have a message they needed to pass at the same time they can be used for entertain which is one of the core reasons for coming up with artwork.
Images in Mapplethorpe’s folio were placed together intentionally with some reason: one, putting them together promotes one of the fundamental design principles. Putting the photos along the passing of the image being presents encourages the concept of rhythm and harmony. On the other hand, images being together is trying to put more emphasis on the topic under discussion. The is a clear relationship in the pictures presented under the same category. First, the artist uses the same design principles to show them at the same time, the images give the same message to the audience.
Finally, I am of one of the defence team in Mapplethorpe’s case. I could argue that Mapplethorpe has no case to answer. Referring the ancient art more especially the Renaissance period, it is clear that Mapplethorpe has done nothing wrong. The artist has used all design effectively without compromising set of standards of art. In the court thinks that he is promoting obscenity, they should also go for the artist from the Renaissance period since they used the same approach to present their protests and many other aspects of art. The court needs to concentrate on the actual message being delivered by the piece of art rather than identifying the physical outlook of the image.