Friday, March 16, 2012

Part Two: Project 4 - Stage1

Project 3 is mounted, labelled, photographed and put away.

I have recently moved a second desk into my work room
This should allow a messy place to work and a tidy area.
Previously I have been working on one desk, then moving everything off when I needed to mount things or use the computer.
I could only work on one thing at a time; if I was waiting for paint to dry, then I just had to go and make (yet another) cup of tea.
In theory, the second desk should make my working practices more efficient..


Project 4
This project is concerned with two aspects of design:
  • organising shapes within a two-dimensional space
  • developing visual ideas from source material through drawing
By working through the exercises I should have:
  • developed a visual awareness about how shapes can be organised within a space, to create different sorts of visual energy.
  • found ways of working creatively and imaginatively from my drawings, in order to develop further visual ideas.

Stage 1: Introduction and Preparation.  
Stage 1 is about "making space move".
The object of the excercise is to: 
  • create static and dynamic arrangements using black paper.
  • divide the space with lines: in one create tension and energy, in the other create something peaceful.
I have drawn squares, 12cm x 12cm, on a piece of A3 paper, then cut out squares, 3cm x 3cm, from black paper.

Static and Dynamic Arrangements: 

A static arrangement is one that draws your eye into a space and gives it a centre of focus.
There will be nothing to distract the eye.

It is one that may stress horizontal and vertical accents, closure at the edges of the painting, and subdued colour and tonal contrasts - this gives an effect of orderliness and repose. Reference The National Gallery

A dynamic arrangement draws the eye into the space, but there will be a placement of marks and objects that will make the eye move about; this creates an energy within the area. 

It is one that may be based on intersecting diagonals, a lack of closure, vigorous contrasts of colour and light and dark accents - this stresses movement, activity and conflict. (refer to the national gallery link)

Static arrangement:
The black square is placed in a central position, the eye is drawn into that space and does not move, there are no distractions.
Static arrangement 1
The black squares are placed in a vertical column, which can be a soothing arrangement for a composition.
Static arrangement 2

Peaceful arrangement:
The lines are vertical and horizontal.
This is a static composition which is soothing, calm and tranquil.
Peaceful arrangement of lines

Dynamic arrangement:
The black squares are placed near to each other which draws the eye in, but the eye also wants to move around the space.
This arrangement of the squares is more dynamic and full of movement
Dynamic arrangement 1

The black squares are placed randomly at angles to each other, they are placed beyond the boundaries of the square.
The eye is forced to move around, as well as out of, the space.
This arrangement of squares is dynamic, it has movement, tension and energy.
Dynamic arrangement 2

Tension and energy:
The lines are diagonal and intersect in many places.

Dynamic tension comes from multiple diagonal lines that move away from each other in different directions; paths that move in opposing directions. (Reference: Expert Photography)
Lines which convey tension and energy

The placement of marks and objects within a picture helps create the mood you wish to convey.
Composition is one of the most important aspects to consider at the design and planning stage.

This was a simple and effective exercise.
Using just the black and white squares in one part, and the drawn lines in the other; meant that I was able to "make space move" without the added complications of including colour and texture.
Having completed these exercises I thought I would look for good examples of static and dynamic compositions in art.

I first looked for a static composition.
This is a painting by Liz Maxwell which has strong horizontal lines.
The composition is peaceful and calm.
Liz Maxwell: Horizon Series 4

I recreated the work using lines:
Liz Maxwell's picture in line

I then looked for a dynamic composition.
This is a piece by Henri Matisse which has diagonal lines and forces the eye to move around, and out of, the space.
Henri Matisse: L'escargot 1953

I recreated the work using black squares:
The snail by Henri Matisse in black and white

The second desk is a welcome addition.
I also moved a different chair into the room, it is better for my posture, more comfortable for my back.... oh wait, yes the cat thinks so too.
Difficult to sit in the correct position when my cat gets there first
Finished Page:

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