It's Silent, and Whistling Doesn't Help by Shane Weare

Its Silent, and Whistling Doesnt Help by Shane Weare

It's Silent, and Whistling Doesn't Help

Shane Weare

Title

It's Silent, and Whistling Doesn't Help

 
Artist

Shane Weare

  1936 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1977  
Technique
etching and aquatint 
Image Size
22 1/2 x 17 1/2" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right, in image 
Edition Size
15 of 25  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated, and editioned 
Reference
 
Paper
cream BFK Rives wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
SHWE106 
Price
Price On Request 
Description

An impression of "It's Silent, and Whistling Doesn't Help" is in the collection of the Library of Congress.

Shane Weare creates a Surrealist, apocalyptic landscape, desolate with converging rivers, a dam and far off lake. The foreground hints of ruins, nothing appears to be alive. The title explains it succinctly.

Weare uses a Trompe-l'oeil effect with the composition. He creates a wide "picture frame" using aquatint to surround and concentrate the image. This effectively forces the eye of the viewer to focus on the composition, as if looking through a window or view finder.