Dec 30, 2011

Paul Kelpe

Paul Kelpe at Valerie Carberry Gallery(Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

Untitled (#166)
This is a woman. She is very aware of her surroundings. She has an external image to maintain (light gray figure in the background around the main construction in the middle). At first glance beyond the visible representation, you can see a simple sphere and a cone. But if you dig deeper, you will see delicate mechanics with lots of gears, moving parts and springs. The springs (the two spirals in the center) sometimes are working in opposing directions. Thus they produce a line in the external image that changes directions rapidly, a conflicting and doubting behavior( middle right). Our woman has high standards that she use to measure herself(a yellow line in the top center). The line is near her lily head. The latter is heavily influenced by a yellowish spot that grows from the yellow sphere from down below.

Dec 29, 2011

Chris Johanson

Chris Johanson at Galleri Nicolai Wallner (Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

Malmo Painting #2

You need a lot of energy, talent and hard work to get to the top (or to the center). But when you are at the top, you don't have more aspirations, you don't have new challenges. The only challenge you have is to keep your position. This makes you big, harden, inflexible - a stone. And stones even in the middle of a whirlpool sink.This is a cycle of any system from a artist to an empire. 

Dec 28, 2011

Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall at Galerie Gmurzynska Zug (Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

Coq au dessus du toit rouge 
This is a town where Chagall has been born. The Russian intellectuals (especially Jewish) have supported the revolution(the cock standing(basing) on yellow(Jewish) houses). The revolution had tried to resolve deep social problems in the Russian society. Thus the cock is white and have inclined toward a white sun. The new social experiments have been reflected in the art. It had given start to the huge number of avant-garde artists.This is represented by a big house in the foreground with red roof. But after the revolution had gotten on its own feet, it had turned against the intellectuals who had fed it.The revolutionary red roof had turned into a fire red. The artist had fled the country (they are fleeing because they are leaving through a window). The new ideas they took with them(the reddish hues of the human figure).

Dec 27, 2011

Hans Hofmann

Hans Hofmann at Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe (Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)


The biggest source of splendour is Nature. You call it splendor when you see vast amounts of land(yellow spot) or vegetation(green spot). When there is large open space, there is a lot of open blue sky(blue spot in the middle). Another thing from nature you call splendor is sun - sunsets and sunrises(the red spot). And water, don't forget the water(dark blue). And this takes to the storms. The seconds before the storm could be magnificent, or splendid - splendor(the bordeaux  stain).  The storm is a bird-like figure in the upper middle, combination of bordeaux, red and dark blue.

Dec 24, 2011

Weekend edition 9

Theo van Doesburg

Contra Compositie
This is over-analysis. Everything is analysed and put into a frame. There are no dynamics, movement. The static picture is much easier to analyse and catalog. There is no joy left. It is dead(the frames are black). After you analyse everything, you left alone because you are too boring, too predictable and can't cope with a change(dark blue pass at the left). Anything that you can't process, you shut out. But it is out there(white rays between black and blue).

Dec 23, 2011

Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins at Robert Miller Gallery(Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

Phenomena hig alter wall
It's a date. You are holding a bouquet of flowers(red, white, dark blue and yellow planes) and waiting for the object of your admiration to arrive. But she is getting late. Some dark glimpses of anxiety are starting to grow at the bottom. But still the colors are bright, the sky is blue and you are excited. You immerse in the tenderness and beauty of the flowers. They are the center of your existence. Logic and common sense are pushed into a corner(brown top right). When you are in love, you are somewhat crazy. Your reality is distorted.

Dec 22, 2011

Daniel, Hesidence

Daniel, Hesidence at D'Amelio Terras(Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

Untitled ( 1 7 7 9 / Pedestrians )
The things are happening so fast in life, you don't see the details.It's one smooth purple blob. You know there is something else, something important, but you can't catch it. Sometimes you have to stop and to go around the thing in order to grasp what is going on. You go around and you return to the starting point and you observe the whole thing, and then you start to see details and parts and their relations among themselves(red lines and spots). This is what Pedestrians do. They don't just get from point A to point B. They observe, they consume the road, they live the way. The journey is the goal, not the means.

Dec 21, 2011

Sarah Grilo

Sarah Grilo at Galería Jorge Mara – La Ruche (Art Basel Miami Beach)

It looks like when you are trying to clean the walls from old wallpaper in order to put on a new one, and you discover old newspapers used as a underlining. Those are your memories from childhood. There are some bits and pieces of history and official events that you recollect vaguely, your handwriting whey you were in school and a number 35 seemed huge.The memories have warm, bright, sunny background. Though some of the events are darker than others, and some events you wish you could cross out from your life.But those memories are stone tablets. So the only thing you can do is to forget. That's why everything is in the fog of time.

Dec 20, 2011

Frederick Hammersley

Frederick Hammersley at Ameringer McEnery Yohe (Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

And so on

You have some problem to solve, some riddle to crack It sits in your brain like that black stain. No matter what you are thinking about, you always return to the problem.And only wisdom(purple), common sense(brown) and hope(green) will help you get around that mental block.

Dec 19, 2011

Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse at Galerie Nachst st.Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwalder(Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)


If you look closer, you will see that those diagonal-almost-vertical lines consists of several layers of paint.This is your life experience. The lines represent events, people and things that happened in your life.Some were small, some were bigger, some occurred several times and some never happened (well those you can't see, they remained unpainted :). This experience helps you to get the meaning (the foreground swirls) from current events(the white lines) - to connect the dots and to start a new layer of experience on your life painting.

Dec 17, 2011

Weekend Edition 8

Camille Pissarro

The Boulevard Montmartre at Night

The night. It's time for entertainment. There are so many welcoming lights trying to seduce you, to pull you in. But there are too many lights. You are going from one light to another. The next light looks prettier than the previous. It's too many choices. You can't pick, because you are afraid to make a mistake. You are ready to pick a light but what if the best ever light comes along? Eventually you didn't go anywhere, trying to find the best place. It leaves you dark, empty and lonely.

Dec 16, 2011

Lyonel Feininger

Lyonel Feininger at Moeller Fine Art (Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

Kleine Hafenstadt [Small Harbour Town]
Small Town. Everything is nearby, everything is on the view. The town is clean, boring and washed out. The harbor is the base of town and a thorn in its side(the dark brown boat in the lower middle). The town has a well-hidden secret. It has a source of energy and dreams(a dark green structure in the middle left). This source prepares the Town for something big, it pushes the Town to move on. The Town is ready. It is to sail to high seas any minute now (the ship-like structure in the upper middle and the sea-like skies in the upper half).

Dec 15, 2011

Günther Förg

Günther Förg at Galerie Krinzinger (Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

Ohne Titel
Our life is built from events.Events are constructed from details. Myriads of small interconnected details make up the fabrics of our existence. You can easily get lost in the ocean of small things.The jungle of interwoven interconnected details is very inviting. You always have to keep some perspective on what's important in life.And given the right perspective you can see that not all events are equal. Some of them are better than others. The better ones are those that you will remember. That's what holds our life together.

Dec 14, 2011

Spencer Finch

Spencer Finch at Galerie Nordenhake (Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

Desert Light (Erg Chebi, Sahara, Morning Effect)
This is a sunrise in the desert. The sun is orange. Some dunes are lit from the sunlight. Some are still in the shadow. That colors them into pink - violet - burgundy. Looking away from the sun you see the yellow dunes. The sky is changing color from dark blue to blue to light blue. The lines show us the female forms of the dunes.The nights are cold in the desert, so are the colors in the painting, but we are getting the glimpse of the cruel desert heat.

Dec 12, 2011

Arthur Dove

Arthur Dove at Valerie Carberry Gallery (Art Basel Miami Beach)

Canandaigua Outlet, Oaks Corners
You are the woods. It's dark night. It's scary. The dark brown spots at the bottom could be bears or just bushes. But you got a flame, a small flame (a brown spot with white border in left bottom ). It leads you to the big warm fire. It is behind those oak trees. The tree tops are lightened up with blue hope.

Anna Jóelsdóttir

Anna Jóelsdóttir  at Stux Gallery

Space/time #22

Two persons, two different worlds(masses at lower left-middle, upper right). They are different, but they are friends. The friendship is built on two things-bridges: Solidarity and Peace of Mind. Solidarity is when people have something in common: interests, purposes, enemies, etc. You get peace of mind when your friend is around and you can depend on him. You can relax and move part of the weight of the burden that presses onto your mind to your friend.The friend gives you some kind of mental relief.So, we see here a friendship in making.

Dec 10, 2011

Weekend Edition 7

Georgia O’Keeffe

Grey Line With Black Blue And Yellow
Grey Line is a normal, ordinary person. She is so bleak and uninterested that you don't see her at all, except for the pink makeup (at the corners). But if you push deeper, you will discover a world. the more you explore the more you are amazed by vibrant colors, wild jungle of personality layers. you will find Black as the most compelling color. Black is the Unknown. It attracts, it pulls you in. The Unknown motivates you to explore. Love is exploration of the Unknown.

Dec 9, 2011

Nicolas Carone

Nicolas Carone at Washburn Gallery (Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

Escape Plane
You want to escape. You have planned everything. Anticipated every detail. Stiff opposition(a ribbon in the lower middle). Flexible plan, so you can change it according to the kaleidoscope of circumstances.Bold moves(green stain in the middle). Desperate fight (the black figure in the middle). The help from outside(the brighter beige insurgence from the right middle into the fight figure). There is only one thing you didn't take into the account - you are escaping from one boxed square into another....

Dec 8, 2011

Ernst Caramelle

Caramelle Ernst at Galerie nächst St. Stephan (Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

Final Cut
You are in the dead end. You are lost. The cold white walls seem to grow sharp corners and edges. You have two choices to get out. One - an easy one into the despair of the night(middle left). It is easy for you now, but you know you will be paying for that for a long long time. The other exist is to cut. To open up the wound and let the blood flow(middle bottom to middle right). It will be painful and hard, but at the end you will get the welcoming warm sun of the day(upper right).

Dec 7, 2011

Steven Bindernagel

Steven Bindernagel at CRG Gallery(Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)


The white lines are frames. You fill those with knowledge, experience, events and memories. But as you grow older more and more frames are left blank. By being unused the frames' number starts to decrease. Until you disappear entirely. The more you have the will and the power to fill out the frames, the longer you live.

Dec 6, 2011

František Kupka

František Kupka at Galerie Thomas Modern(Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

All of those circles is a person. Each circle is a role that a person plays in his life. Or you can call it a layer of skin or a mask he wears. Those layers are built to protect some vulnerabilities, to cover some imperfections. Some are created after some significant events in the person's life. The events can be good and can be bad. That's why the circles have different colors. To get to the inner layers, you need to have similar experiences, to share the same kind of events in your life(figures on middle left). Besides those you need to know when and how to approach, so the opening and the key would be aligned.

Dec 5, 2011

Christoph Kiefhaber

Christoph Kiefhaber at Landau Fine Art, Inc.(Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

 People are actors.They play certain roles as they are progress in their lives. People play some roles because this is expected from them by their environment. Some roles they choose because the roles make their lives easier. Having so many roles and layers it is difficult to see the real person, the inner self. Even for themselves.

Dec 4, 2011

Weekend Edition 6

Mark Rothko

Untitled (Blue Yellow Green Red)

This is a game of flirtation. There are two participants : Blue and Green. Blue is a woman - mysterious, a combination of   blue hope, blue night and brown pragmatism. The Green is a man. He is really into a game, full of yellow. But he has an edge, the white edge. He knows the underpinnings of the game and this inside knowledge helps him to keep balance against his formidable opponent.

The Blue made the first move. You can barely see it. Because it is so subtle. It is under the yellow game table. The orange red frame is the erotic pretext of the game. The yellow game field is like a sun. It could be warm and inviting, but it could burn you too.

Dec 2, 2011

Richard Diebenkorn

Richard Diebenkorn at Leslie Feely Fine Art (Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

Art Basel Miami Beach


Rules are here for the reason. They help us to resolve things that are not obvious. The rules are represented here by a street light(red ring, yellow ring and green line in the middle left). The rules that work are based on common sense and pragmatism. They solve conflicts even before the conflicts start. Those rules are a balance of what you can and can't do(dark brown area at the top, lighter brown area in the middle right and constructs in the middle of  them). When the rules are broken and nobody follows them, you find that your nice fast highway(the black object in the middle left) is over. And you are balancing on a high wire trying not to fall(lower right).

Dec 1, 2011

Debra Goertz

Debra Goertz at Stricoff Fine Art

Cool Light in Warm Space

How Art influences people's lives. "The floor" (brown, red, orange lower part) is your life. It's everyone's basic life full of pragmatism, rationality and down-to-earth choices. The Art puts breathes into your life something different, something unexpected(the reflections of the paintings). It makes the life more interesting, less routine.It gives you something to think about besides your daily chords and errands. And when you think about abstract matters, it opens you up for spiritual things(light blue parallelogram in the upper left). The spiritual things, the soul(blue reflection on the lower left) flows into your life and changes it.

Nov 29, 2011

Yang Yanping

Yang Yanping at Peter Findlay Gallery

Autumn Symphony
The beauty of decay. The autumn is very colorful. Yellow, red, blue sky(on sunny days). But don't fool yourself, it's a demise. It turns the colors into black and ugly. The brown overtones shows that you understand that it's a cycle of nature. It's necessary to shred the old, so the young can grow. But still it makes you sad. The bright background is not what you think. It is not nice. It's winter.

Lloyd Martin

Lloyd Martin at Stephen Haller Gallery

This is human memory. The vertically-aligned rectangles are events in our life. Some are better(gray), some are worse(black). The horizontal rectangles are associations, analysis and other tricks that humans do to make their life tolerable. The tricks distort the memory of events, but make the events look better than they were. The tricks tie the event blocks together, thus they provide some meaning to life.

Nov 28, 2011

Elizabeth Terhune

Elizabeth Terhune at Stand Pipe Gallery

About the moon

This is Alcoholism. The wineglasses make everything clear, bright and sterile white( bottom). The alcohol is protecting. But the blunt grey reality is still here(the upper left and upper center). The reality puts pressure on the  wineglasses. For sometime it holds, but the basis is very tipsy. In the reality corner some events made things appear upside-down or overturned. There are some glass stains apparently made with blood.

Nov 26, 2011

Weekend Edition 5

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh
The night makes everything look mysterious. People assign divine attributes to the unknown (the dark brown structure on the left). The stars have been celestial inhabitants. But people gave them human properties. Thus what we "see" in the skies is a reflection of what is going on on Earth - in the village, under the cover of darkness. The stars are persons and flows are relations and feelings that people share.

Nov 25, 2011

Diane Churchill

Diane Churchill at SOHO20 Gallery

Coming Into Orange
This is girl's love. There are lots of pink naive expectations and blue hopes. Then something not attractive(black, hairy) comes into her life. But under that facade there are layers of hope(blue), potential(green) and passion(yellow). When all those are uncovered, it is a start of a new world - orange glowing, feelings full love.

Nov 23, 2011

Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown at Sikkema Jenkins Co


This is maturity of the personality. The abstract representation of a person is a circle, or a planet if you wish. Here we see that the circle is not closed yet. It moves, it changes its form and position. Some things outside the circle can be very attractive, thus the circle is not centered and moving. The personality (the circle) grows and matures as the person works (most of the time unconsciously) on his world view and life concepts.

Nov 22, 2011

Loretta Pettway

Loretta Pettway at Senior and Shopmaker Gallery

Old Beauty

She is old. But she is beautiful.She is beautiful now and she was beautiful in the old days.You can see the banners and trophies from the "youth". They are not straight. She is bended and dented.But. But she is gorgeous. You still can see the lines you had fallen in love in the first place a long time ago. Inasmuch she is not new, you love her more than before. You are more related.You have a history together. You have experienced things and events together.She became a part of you.

Nov 21, 2011

David Nadel

David Nadel at Sasha Wolf Gallery


This is ambitions. Everyone is going up. A lot of them got burned, broken and depressed. Just a few lucky ones survive at the top. Nevertheless everyone strives to get as high as possible. It is very hard to beat the psychology of the crowd. Is there an alternative route? And if you follow it, would make you an outcast or a new trend setter?

Nov 19, 2011

Weekend Edition 4

Gustav Klimt at ArtFinder


This is a beautiful woman in love. She gives everything: her feelings, her desires, her passion. She opens up to her lover in all her insecurity, vulnerability, imperfection. And yet she is perfect, gorgeous, tender and warm. She is Sun (orange details: hair, nipples and lips). Her love is the rain of gold to the person who can make her to fall in love with him. But all of this is covered to the outsiders by cool green fabric. The cloth hides the inner softness and lovable imperfections. The outer image is perfect, cool, inaccessible, mysterious.

Nov 18, 2011

David Antonio Cruz

David Antonio Cruz at Praxis International Art

andtheyfade,strawberryfieldsof 52
In blue water there is debris floating from a shipwreck(left part of the painting). But it is not a physical debris, it is emotional. And you can see another pile of wreckage is building in the future(the pile on the upper right). But you already have experience, so the next "shipwrecking" event will be less painful, less complicated(the pile has simpler forms). You will learn more based on the accumulated experience(the violet spots). The water is light blue, so you are hoping for the best.

Nov 17, 2011

Helene Heehyoun Chung

Helene Heehyoun Chung at Phoenix Gallery

These are your memories.Events that happened a long time ago, so you are starting to forget details.People tend to remember only the good things. Because of forgetting details and remembering the good stuff, the past looks much more nicer and glorified than it actually was. The blue paint is to glorify the past events and put an extra gloss over them.

Nov 16, 2011

Helmut Federle

Helmut Federle at Peter Blum Gallery

Die Passage der Prismen (for FurutaOribe)
You are in a depression. Everything looks grey or black. You have one bright spot. This is your dream.This is your salvation. But to get you need to break out of your depression and get into a pragmatic, practical layer of actions (the brownish middle). Only then you could reach your nirvana.

Nov 15, 2011

Julie Davidow

Julie Davidow at Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts

The New Strain # 10

This is a romantic relationship under stress.The partners are separated by a black line.The red lines are the stress and pain that they feel. The partner in the upper right corner is having an affair, because the spell of love has been broken(the part with white background, the grey lines are the new relationship). This is an old connection that got staled(the mold-like light grey lines in the upper part of the painting).

Nov 14, 2011

David Poppie

David Poppie at Paul Zoubok Gallery

Metropolis is a huge concentration of people. They live literally shoulder to shoulder ( those countless parallel lines). They all are trying to keep the cool poker face and some boundaries(green-blue framework).But underneath there are boiling hot(red, white) feelings, relations and events. All those are happening very dense to each other in small confinements. 

Nov 12, 2011

Weekend Edition 3

Alexej Georgewitsch von Jawlensky

This is not a landscape. This is a woman, laying with her back to us. She is trying to be cool(blue), but she is not. She is waiting for you to start the first move.Her anticipation and slight arousal are shown by the red line across the bottom. the bright lines and a circle at the top are what she is fantasizing and expecting.

Nov 11, 2011

Lynn McCarty

Lynn McCarty at Nancy Hoffman Gallery

Pushing Paint
The center line of black spots is an ordinary life.It's a routine.The color spots are works that the artist produces in his life.They give color to his life. They make it more interesting. The artwork keeps his life together. The real artist can't live without art. He has to do it, because otherwise his life's backbone will crumble into pieces.

Nov 10, 2011

David Mann

David Mann at McKenzie Fine Art

This is a poem. This is about a magical darkness. The night seduces you, while your mind is fogged by the daylight.The combination of blue, red and black gives you purple, the Wisdom. You are anticipating the night, though you are tired from the day, beige orbs.

Nov 9, 2011

Chu Teh-Chun

Chu Teh-Chun at Marlborough Gallery

MAR 08 No 14

Those big black/grey blocks is your fear. Fear to follow your dream that lies beyond this solid stone fence. The obstacle  is your rationalization not to make the jump. It's your love for stability and your dependence on familiar things that you can't stand any more.And out there lies your dream - airy, magical. It's a castle built on tree branches. The branches themselves are flying in the air. But you are imaging it very vividly. It's a new world full of wonderful things and pleasant surprises.You are not a fool, you know that new world is not perfect (grey blobs in the upper left). Your dream slowly sips through the border fence(Turquoise and red spots on the grey blocks).

Nov 8, 2011

Darby Bannard

Darby Bannard at Loretta Howard


A circle represents a person. A black circular spot on the left with red blood splashing from it is a death of a person.Contrasting white background says that was a sudden death. Probably a tragic one.The line-like cloud underneath from the bottom left to lower right is an attempt of somebody to avoid to deal with that loss.This person is in denial. The line is blurry, the denial fogs the mind and makes the (wo)man to to divert from the normal course.But the meeting with the blood is inevitable. Until you face your fear you can't move forward.

Nov 7, 2011

Annette Davidek

Annette Davidek at LITTLEJOHN Contemporary


Those flowers are your deeds and actions. Some of them are good and altruistic, some of them are egocentric and not bad. Some of them are started as good but at the end got out to pretty bad. And we still rationalize them as not that bad(it's a flower). All these actions are influenced and are product of your past (those grey background structures). You don't realize that but your childhood trauma still gets a say in your life even when your kids go to college.

Nov 6, 2011

Weekend Edition 2

Wassily Kandinsky

Kleine Welten 1
Kleine Welten means small worlds in German. There are two worlds, divided by a thick blue diagonal line. From the fist sight they are absolutely different. But if you look carefully, you will see that actually they are built from the same elements. The elements are arranged differently, or of different size. And most important the main components clocks, that make the worlds tick, are the same mechanism. The Clocks are intersections of big black lines and red one or red, black, green rings with black ray coming out of them.

If you think that you are worlds apart from someone else, actually you have much more in common then you realize or want to admit.

Amedeo Clemente Modigliani

Female Nude
This is love. Going from bottom left corner to upper right, you have all three components of love : Pleasure, Solidarity, Peace of Mind. The first one is self-explaining. Solidarity is breasts. To show solidarity, the first thing that a person does it is to press someone to the chest. And the calm, peaceful face of the woman represents the Peace of Mind.

Nov 4, 2011

Peter Davis

Peter Davis at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.


This is sex. Pure sex.The upper corners, left and right represent a woman, bottom center is a man. They are very passionate (yellow glow). They are feeling and moving in unison (horizontal waves going from left to right).They are "diggin" each other very much, you can see it by stretching and tension in the bottom left corner that goes up the male triangle side.

Nov 3, 2011

Hernan Bas

Hernan Bas

The Coming Solitude

The person runs toward the asylum ( the black structure in the upper right). The shelter is the solitude. He wants to be alone. Everyone bothers him. Everything he sees on the road to safe haven, disgusts him(smudges and black overtones). It looks like a dumpster.BUT. What the person sees, it is only in his head. It is not real. The upper corners, left and right, show that the world is pretty much nice - blue skies, white clouds and and quiet life. This disturbed person perception is a very thin layer of decorations that he puts himself in(flat figures and grey-blue tones - cardboard and glass decorations, mirrors).

Nov 2, 2011

The importance of meta-ideas

I have an essay by an essay by Keith Garrow on abstract art. I don't agree with some points in this article. So I decided to write a reply to Keith.

Abstract art is like jazz. It's pure improvisation of your inner thoughts and feelings. Something that you can not express otherwise. But like in jazz your art piece has to have a  base melody to follow. This melody is your message, your idea, your thought, your feeling that is getting out of you onto a canvas.

When you are drawing an abstract painting, you are trying to extract a message out of your soul that can't be expressed in any other way. It could be designed very carefully. And it could be your sub-conscience talking and your hand just follows.

If you are showing your art to someone else, it means that you want to share the message you got out. Even if you yourself don't understand it completely, if at all. The second, you open up your art to see by another person, you have created a second side of the coin - the observer. He processes your art through his filters - his soul and his own personality. The observer can get a message that is absolutely different from what you have intended. And this is the beauty of abstract art. It can be interpreted in so many ways.

I have found a pretty good summary here.

Pierre Dorion

Pierre Dorion at Jack Shainman Gallery


The darker grey area from lower left to upper right this is mainstream, this is the way people do things. Some people do it in very vocal and visual way(bold lines), some are getting to the same destination in more subtle ways.Without screaming and advertising themselves at very corner.

I see here another thing. Now the light grey rectangles are the heroes. One on the left, is very stubborn and not flexible.The second on the right is compromising and making deals. The right one(pun intended) got much more (area) than the first. The borders of the areas are the bold lines. The small third area above shows that you have to be a person in order to gain something.