COMPOSITION MASS SPACE An element of art, space refers to distances or areas around, between or within components of a piece. Space can be positive (white or light) or negative (black or dark), open or closed, shallow or deep and two-dimensional or three- dimensional. Sometimes space isn't actually within a piece, but the illusion of it is. &
Maybe Art is a point of view- the angle from which we see the world.
Perspective is an attempt to reproduce objects on a flat surface as they appear to the eye.
Form refers to the visible elements of a piece, independent of their meaning. For example, in Leonardo's Mona Lisa, the formal elements are color, dimension, lines, mass, shape, etc., while the feelings of mystery and intrigue the piece evokes are informal products of the viewer's imagination. Form is an element of art. At its most basic, a form is a three- dimensional geometrical figure (i.e.: sphere, cube, cylinder, cone, etc.), as opposed to a shape, which is two-dimensional, or flat.
But what does it mean? Subject matter Context (social, political, and economic) Intention (artist) Reception or interpretation (of and by the viewer) Iconography and symbolism Meaning is a question of CONTENT, which includes:
STYLE ? DOES IT ALL COME DOWN TO STYLE ? REPUBLICANIMPERIAL Aulus Metellus Augustus
Title: Flower Piece with Curtain Artist: Adriaen van der Spelt and Frans van Mieris Date: 1658 Medium: Oil on Panel Size: 18¼ X 25¼" (46.5 X 64 cm)
Title: The Medici Venus Date: Roman Copy of a 1st-Century BCE Greek statue Museum: Villa Medici, Florence, Italy Medium: Marble Size: height 5' (1.53 m) without base Title: Charles V Triumphing over Fury, without Armor Artist: Leone Leoni Date: c. 1549-1555 Museum: Museo Nacional del Prado Medium: Bronze Size: height to top of head 5'8" (1.74 m)
“I know I cannot paint a flower. I cannot paint the sun on the desert on a bright sunny morning but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey to you my experience of the flower or the experience that makes the flower significant to me at that particular time.” Georgia O’Keefe November 1, 1930 The ESSENCE that is Abstraction
Title: Artist: Date: Title: Cubi XIX Artist: David Smith Date: 1964 Medium: Stainless steel Size: 9' 5/8" X 1' 9 ¾" X 1' 8" (2.88 x.55 X.51 m) The opposite realism: Nonrepresentational or Nonobjective Art No reference to objects from the physical world Only pure elements of design… lines, shapes, forms, space, texture, color. What does it mean?
NONREPRESENTATIONAL ABSTRACT DIFFERENCES IN NON- FIGURAL STYLES
Title: The Great Sphinx Artist: N/A Date: Dynasty 4, c. 2613-2494 BCE Source/Museum: Giza, Egypt Medium: Sandstone Size: height approx. 65’ Public and Propagandistic Art
Title: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Artist: Maya Ying Lin Date: 1982 Source: The Mall, Washington, D.C. Medium: Black granite Size: length 500' (152 m)
In the end,does art, or the meaning of art, always comes down to a confrontation between an object and a viewer.?
SO, WHAT IS ART ??? I look forward to hearing your opinions!