Sunday, October 4, 2009

V. Form Follows Function? Words

Form the shape, visual appearance, or configuration of an object

Negative Space the areas surrounding and within an object; areas of no mass

Repetition the use of repeating elements in a piece of art, often in order to add coherence, rhythm, and/or movement.

Rhythm defined as a "visual tempo or beat," rhythm is closely related to repetition and usually involves the repetition of shapes and colors to create movement.

Emphasis a device (principle) used to draw the viewer's eye to a focal point.

Pattern a design created using repeated elements

Tension a mental, emotional, or nervous strain. In art, it may refer to the use of "unbalance" to create a sense of instability or precariousness and so engage the viewer.

Textural Animation The use of textures to give life or new meaning to an otherwise nondescript form.

Characteristic Textures textures that add to or at least do not conflict with a form, but appear as if they could be natural.

Contradictory Textures textures that stand, whether functionally or visually, in complete contrast to the form they cover

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