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May 6, 2020 view post
String art

String art is a craft activity based on the idea of connecting colored threads between pins arranged on a surface such that the result often forms geometric patterns. This activity can be implemented with software to produce colorful and unexpected patterns.

May 5, 2020 view post

A dot is one of the most basic types of form (the other types being the line and the plane). In considering its visual impact, a dot is any shape with a recognizable center. In the image below, the visual impact of the singular shape in each square is the same - that of a dot - even though the shapes are different. Identifying the dot as a basic form is critical for creating and understanding art.

In isolation, the dot attracts attention to itself. In the presence of other dots, the relationship and tension between the dots and the space becomes more important. In the animation below, the dots suggest meaning about the space and the other dots. However, the animation is just a series of dots drawn at random locations.

May 4, 2020 view post
Value of art

Oscar Wilde is quoted as saying that, "All art is quite useless." If so, how does that explain the value of art? The mistake is to link the idea of utility with the idea of value. They are independent concepts.

Although the image below has no utility, each person who views it is likely to have a different opinion about its value. Art is political. Art is personal. Art reflects how we observe our world.

May 3, 2020 view post

Space is the complement of shape. Change in use of space affects our perception of shapes (and the reverse is also true). In the image below, the shapes on the left side are placed to create negative space. The same shapes are arranged on the right side to create a positive space and form an implied shape in the center.

The relationship between shape and space affects our perception of the image. For example, in the image below, is the shape on the left side the same size as the shape on the right side of the image? They are drawn to the same size, but, the differences in the space that the shape resides in create the visual illusion that the image on the right side is slightly larger.

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