It’s For You & Untitled Triptych
What is art? Art is a physical expression of the ideals formed by the mind. Art gives us a way to be creative and use our imagination to express ourselves. Artists, in particular, create art for some human purpose, create extraordinary versions of ordinary objects, give images that help us to remember certain events, places, or thoughts, give tangible form to the unknown, give tangible forms to feelings and ideas, and refresh our vision and help us to see the world in new ways. Art is in our everyday lives whether we recognize it or not. All art consists of form and content. Form meaning the elements of art, principles of design, and the actual materials the artist uses. Content meaning the artist’s purpose, what the artist actually portrayed, and how an audience may perceive the art. There are eight terms to help analyze our visual interpretation of art. They are line, shape, mass, light, value, color, texture, and space. These are the elements that artists use in making any work of art. When viewing the Justin Hodges exhibition, the two pieces of art that stuck out were “It’s For You” and “Untitled Triptych” because they are similar in form and context and also similar when discussing visual elements.
To give more definition to the eight visual elements, they will be discussed before conferring them in the two pieces of art. The first element is line. A line is a path traced by a moving point. Lines are used as symbols for the most part when creating art. Pencils, brushes, and other utensils create lines used as symbols. Implied lines are symbols of perception which create boundaries around objects making us believe there is a line in between when in fact there is not. This can also mean it is an outline, which defines a two-dimensional shape. Contours are the boundaries of a three-dimensional object, and contour lines record those boundaries. Sometimes lines are used to create direction and movement. The next two elements are shape and mass. Shape is a two-dimensional form that occupies an area of space. The boundaries of a shape may be created by a line, a shift in texture, or a shift in color. Mass is a three-dimensional form that occupies a volume of space. Shape and mass are classified as being geometric or organic. They are geometric if any of the objects are normal shapes such as a circle or triangle. They are considered organic if they are irregular. Then, there is light, value, and color. Light is a type of radiant energy. It can give three-dimensional shape to certain objects. Value is another word for shades of light and dark. The lightest value is white, while the darkest value is black. Every color has value, or different shades. Chiaroscuro is a technique that means “light/dark.” It makes values show contrasts of light and shadow in the real world. Color is what gives art the most pleasure. People respond to colors in significant ways, some negative and some positive. Color is a function of light because rays of sunlight break up into different colors. The color wheel consists of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The primary colors are red, yellow, and blue because these colors cannot be made by any mixture of the other colors. The secondary colors are orange, green, and violet because they are made by mixing the primary colors. Intermediate colors are primary colors mixed with an adjacent secondary color on the color wheel. Complementary harmonies include colors directly opposite of each other on the color wheel to intensify the boldness of the art. Also, there is the element known as texture. Texture denotes to surface quality such as smooth, rough, flat, bumpy, fine or coarse. Texture makes us want to touch the art, which can make it more meaningful when we can actually touch it. Actual texture is just that, texture that we can actually feel. Visual texture is what we can observe of what the texture may be such as in a painting, drawing, or photograph....
Cited: Getlein, Mark. Living with Art. 9th ed. Boston, MA: McGraw Hill, 2008. Print.
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