Play on Balance

-Things that are typically balanced, weighed, or measured
-Justice is Blind –> What is it worth?
-things in Nature that are balanced or symmetrical
-impossible balance
-balance between two or more separate frames
-balanced visual weight, different subject matter
-the balance of opposing forces/ the interplay of opposing forces
-how the eye moves around the piece, b/c it has more visual interest, or weight…

Art Quote

“I’m not saying I’m able to work consistently out of the premise, but it seems like the big distinction between good art and so-so art lies somewhere in the art’s heart’s purpose, the agenda of the consciousness behind the text. It’s got something to do with love. With having the discipline to talk out of the part of yourself that can love instead of the part that just wants to be loved.”

David Foster Wallace

Fragments: different Yet Connected

-Compilations of various materials.
-Function depends on usage
-Connected to elements and directions; a rectangle or square
-Everything is related somehow through the fabric of human experience
-what shape best contains a certain center?
-Looking through layers of complexity and meaning (meaning achieved through variety)
-the vantage point from the center
-organizational structure as linkage

Adjacency (Adjacencies of Dissimilar Patterns

-Intricacies of Feng Shui
-Juxtaposing Unrelated Elements
-Moving, Kinetic, Adjacency in opposite directions
-How the fates of two seemingly unrelated objects are somehow connected
-Dissimilar routines juxtaposed, and the inherent complexity involved
-Pattern! –> Transcribed
-Patterns of movement, juxtapositions of flow
-traffic patterns juxtaposed [routes and maps]
-Transitional space between adjacencies
-Technology–> instant adjacency

Geometrical Alignments

-During the planning phases of the work, make adjustments in order to incorporate various alignments
-plan a composition around such alignments after the idea is fixed.
-manipulate the color in order to magnify or subdue the significance of alignments
-typical alignments: constellations, historical proportional systems, mathematical, geometrical
-alignments of various subdued parts to various centers inside and outside of the frame.
-a form which defines a point and links it to other points
-an idea that gives rise to other ideas
-symbol hidden within alignments –> as organizing structure of a work of art –> refers to some other symbol somewhere else, and also used to enhance the presence of said artwork.
-timeless, harmonic alignments.
-Biomorphic arrangements or alignments –> based on natural forms (curvalinear)
- interlocking geometries e.g. “cubisme” –> becoming cubist
-philosophical justification of organization
-we think and speak in symbols

Routine / Break from Routine

- You have to undergo a challenging reality before you can realize the truth…
-Life as a repetitive cycle of breaking from routine
-You have to challenge yourself and continually re-program your mind to think in a new way…
-Complex patterns made of glyphs/symbols
-Incomprehensible routine ( one isn’t aware of the inherent order of the routine)
- New views on the apparent complexity of the pattern/ routine in life…patterns and how they evolve (islamic art)
-Patterns of behavior and how they evolve throughout a person’s life…
-Pattern is defined by routine – (a series of related marks or forms) –>Events that are all connected…
-Let the pattern evolve naturally in one’s own way…
-The way the physical environment makes us move –> elusive city
-Something completely different or contradictory to an apparent routine/pattern of events
-Relates to chaos, however, it is disenfranchised from it inherently…
-establish regularity and a pattern before you disengage
-overlapping experiences
-a chaotic adventure/journey
-a routine of : situations / events / tangibles / juxtapositions
-the best leaders are those who can adapt best to change
-form within the surroundings and the routine which it naturally engages us in.
-adapt the feng shui of a room continuously to respond to external movement and situations as a reflection of perpetual motion –> The reversal of negativity and decay…
-the subtly ever-changing environment
-patterns are agreeable, they make sense universally…
-redundant patterns of thought and behavior (banality)
-adaptive ignorance
-stale routine vs. immense risk + chaos
-freedom within routine / freedom within chaos(but with a higher level of meaning and significance)
-limits of mutual understanding and consonance between humans [when is enough ever enough]
-arrangements of events / timing / synchronisms -> a higher level of order in everything…

Surreal Art is Part Dada

Surreal Art is all about capturing a moment that makes sense on many levels and states of consciousness. It is about finding something important and meaningful in chaos and disconnected events that are somehow still connected in some illogical way. Something like this can exist on many levels of interpretation… It’s all about random jumbled thoughts and images, on the verge of crazy, and hasn’t quite made it there yet, except for in some cases…

There are many components of dadaism carried over into surreal Art. For example, in dadaist thought, it was generally an accepted norm to combine unrelated things in the same context to create what they thought was a higher level of reality. Surrealists kind of expanded off of this idea by basically just letting us see normal things we associate with everyday life in very unusual settings or around unusual objects. In other words Surreal Art and it’s respective philosophies are directly related to the ideas of the early dadaists, who basically made formal nonsense The surrealists made elegant nonsense…

The dadaists were more into chaos, and how to assemble chaos in one work, and how to control chaos. Read more about Chaos Here. Rather, into controlling chaos and putting unrelated things together all in one place to create new meanings and associations between the objects in the work. Chaos is pretty interesting if you look at it from an artistic standpoint, I mean if you start with nothing, chaos is what you make, sometimes, when you are expressing an emotion. In abstract expressionism, another form of chaos is frozen in time. Time is frozen in the art, and it is a state of chaos that is captured, Abstract Expressionism kinda grew out of Dadaism as well… Many new styles are still as of yet undiscovered and many of these styles can be derived from simple dadaist ideas, which are a starting point for many new works of art everyday, with people not even knowing it, isn’t this amazing to comprehend? Look at Surreal Art with an Open Mind Surreal Art is supposed to elicit the sense of being in another world. It is designed to put you in another world, if you let your imagination take you there. I guess you could say surreal art is an abstraction of reality, where everything seems a little off, or unusual. It is designed to motivate the senses and bring them into a new awareness of possible alternative realities, or perhaps, realities that exist only in the artist’s mind…

Some of the best writers of the beat Generation including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg adopted dadaist principles into their writings. Kerouac sometimes insisted on what he called writing without an eraser, in order to capture the pure, raw essence of the art of writing. This is slightly different from stream of consciousness style writing where thoughts flow. When you write or make art “without an eraser”, it gives you chances to make tangents become part of the main plot. In Surreal art, the artist captures the bare essence of a indescribable reality with the paintbrush to make reality seem as if it were rearranged to follow a tangent of a thought that incorporates the final product, in this way the two seem very closely related. There are many advantages to using a dadaist approach to writing and or making art. When people see something that is way out of the ordinary, it strikes them as unique, and they are usually wanting to make some type of interpretation. Many people’s interpretations can be very different when viewing a work of art such as this. What one person sees, another person may see something entirely different. It is interesting to see this in action. If you go to a museum, you can hear people talking and it is fun to stand by one popular work of art which has many interpretations, and see what people have to say about it. This can be very interesting at times, and you may want to bring a voice recorder. Try this with surreal art and see what happens!.

Just make things with feeling and purpose, bring things in from another dimension. Make that multi-dimensional aspect a part of your work and purpose, and bring new things to life that may have not yet existed on this planet. That is what original art is all about. It is all about something new, unique and different, which has other-worldly feeling, and a sense of the larger whole is apparent in the smaller work of art. It refers to a grand scheme, or a not ordinary reality, which does not present itself at first to the artist, but is later made apparent in the manifestation of the work.

Sometimes you can just type without thinking and without stopping and sometimes you can make some really cool writing just from doing that. Or you can write by hand just jotting down notes, thoughts as they come to you, and this is a good way to make poetry too. You sometimes can move words around, but this is getting away. See, when you edit a poem or an artwork that is in its original state, this is going against dadaist principles. Basically surrealism is refined dadaism, taking more of the idea, or an idea, and making it into tangible form. Dadaism is just nonsense writing, or just images unrelated piled together, or anything that just happens in the moment, Surrealism is like taking the summation of those spontaneous or abstract thoughts and concentrating them into a painting or sculpture. A more refined and balanced approach rather than spontaneous art making of the dadaists. They invented automatic writing which is a totally different subject altogether.

I have come across this fantastic book, by the world-renowned, surrealist artist, Salvador Dali. It is an incredible read, with many very interesting illustrations. It was made completely by Dali himself, and has anecdotes from his childhood, and it is jam-packed full of information on how to paint in the style of Dali. It is called 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) — just click on the link to check it out…. It is by one of the best artists of the 20th century. Salvador Dali is by far the best know artist who made surreal art.

The original creator of surreal art, Andre Breton, and his Manifestoes of Surrealism Now, the original surrealist, Andre Breton actually outlined the principles of Surrealism (which were derived from dadaist ideas and principles) in his book: Manifestoes of Surrealism (Ann Arbor Paperbacks) In which he lays out the grounding principles of this art form which do, in fact, carry over to other areas of life, in which these ideas may be applied. Andre Breton was the leader of the movement which happened in one place in Europe, then the word spread and soon it was all over Europe, and the US. This book is one of the key factors in the beginning of the Movement, and how it really caught on. It is a very good read, and it is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about surreal art.

Rhythm in Visual Art: all About it…

Rhythm is a visual pattern that is created in a work of art, through repetition, and through the use of line, shape, color, form, texture, or by repeating images. Repetition does not always have to be a factor in terms of the rhythm of the work of art. A general rhythmic element may be implied by the path of the eye, and the direction and flow of the eye. Along the path that the eye travels, if there are breaks, or pauses, in the flow, a certain rhythm may be established in that way.

Rhythmic Elements

Jagged lines or broken lines, broken forms, and partial forms placed along a line may provide a natural sense of rhythm to a piece. Many things may be utilized in the artist’s favor when creating rhythm. Perhaps it is a pattern that creates the rhythm. Perhaps the pattern looks as if it is moving, with tendrils and wavy forms or lines. This would be where movement in art plays an important role. The rhythm of the artwork creates the movement which in turn creates a dynamic with the eye, moving it in a certain rhythmic way.

The Nature of it all

The nature of the rhythm particular to a certain art piece may vary by degree of harshness and abruptness of the movement, break, movement, pause, (the path that the eye travels). In visual grouping, only parts of the artwork possess these certain rhythms, and the eye wants to explore these repeating elements, so it pauses there and does a series of glances on that one rhythmic part of the painting. This flow is affected by nearness (relative proximity of the forms) and the size of the forms or elements which are used to accomplish the rhythm.

Rhythm and the Path of the Eye

Rhythm is described as a pattern of movement that the eye follows. The rhythm may be direct, where there are timed lapses of equivalent length between breaks in the movement, or it may be unbalanced, where the time between pauses, or breaks in the movement of the eye may vary. One movement may be a continued movement, while another may be short, with brief movements between the breaks or pauses.

Rhythm and Repetition

The parallels between repetition and rhythm are many but they must be most clearly defined by the fact that is repetition is a cause, and rhythm is an effect. When lines, forms, and shapes are repeated, then we call it repetition. A natural rhythm is created when this (which may be made of any number of forms) happens. It is through the act of repetition that it is created and established.

Repetition in Visual Art: Use it to Make Good Content


Repetition in Visual Art

Where components of a work of art are repeated throughout the artwork, although the things that are repeated may differ in appearance while still arriving at repetition. .

repetition in art

Repetition may be used in a work of art to create balance and harmony, where repeated elements may be used to provide visual weight or unify the artwork in some way.

Moving the Eye

Repetition may also be used to move the viewer’s eye around the artwork. The repeating elements usually hurry the eye along, and perhaps it will pause and go back to where it was looking a number of times:

repetition and movement

Also, repetition is a form of emphasis which directs attention to the parts of the painting that are repeating, most certainly it is because repetition provides visual complexity to an area of an artwork and that draws the eye and attracts attention.

repetition may be used to create patterns and rhythms, within a work of art, just as in music where if a note or loop is repeated, it creates a repetitive effect…

Repetition and Shape

When repetition is used, the eye moves across the work of art with jumps. It pauses, then goes back. With larger shapes that are only repeated a couple of times, it seems to jar the eye, and shock the eye, as it moves across the art.

repetition in art

Repetition may also be a way of taking something that you like, as an artist, and really driving the point home to the observer, that you really want him to see this shape or form and that is why you are repeating it. It may be a design motif that is repeated. A motif which may be slightly altered each time it is used. Perhaps it is a floral, or floral related, as flowers bring beauty, as in certain wallpapers, the design motif is repeated, and this provedes a sense of allover and unified relationships amongst the parts of the space over which it is applied.

Patterns and repetition may be seen everywhere. They are on clothes, on buildings, on walls, in art, and in nature. Art may replicate nature in this way, and provide patterns which are related to natural rythyms and patterns in the environment, and may add to the natural rythm of the environment in which it is placed. The rhythym of the setting with the rythm of a repeating element in a art can belong to a better resemblance of a space in nature.

Repetition of Frames in Video/TV

Frames are repeated in TV and motion pictures, where the frames are repeated so quickly, that you can’t see them. The frames slowly morph, by small degrees, as the frames progress. You percieve motion, but what you are actually seeing are still frames that morph as they progress, and they are repeated very very quickly, sometimes 24 -60 frames per second.

Pattern in Visual Art and Similar ones in Nature

pattern in art

Pattern in Visual Art

A pattern firstly, is a model for making things just like it. Like a stencil to paint the same shapes or a pattern for a dress, this is another way that they are utilized to make things over and over again, the same thing, over and over again,..

A Pattern in visual art is where something is repeated over and over again throughout a visual display, on one or more parts. The things that are repeated throughout the work do not necessarily have to be the same thing over and over again. They can have minor variations which may tranform or morph into other things or forms.

In other words, patterns may be irregular in art as the original motif is repeated differently throughout the composition. And motifs may eventually transform and forms and other things may emerge from the pattern.

Patterns can be seen in wallpapers where the design motif, or arrangement of forms that provides the basis for the design, is repeated throughout the spread of the wallpaper in its location on the wall. It is an allover repeated pattern. The same way in clothes. A Pattern may be repeated the same way, or it may change depending on the intents of the artist.

Patterns in art, may be comprised of an endless amount of motifs, shapes, textures, and groupings. They may be accompanied by a relative degree of variance amongst the consistency of their whole across the art. When is it appropriate to use them? You might ask… well in sections when it seems appropriate, and allover when it is reasonable, and if that is your style. It may be easier to create a pattern, and then break it, or cover up part of it. Once the patterning is established, it is up to the artist to reverse it and make it appropriate for the statement he is wanting to make.

Pattern in Visual Art

Many patterns when used in art, are just resemblances of a patterning or maybe they are forms that are approaching a pattern, or moving towards a degree of patterning throughout the work. If it is pure abstraction, a few things may be repeated, and this may be the beginnings of a patterning. It may also be a pattern that has been removed, or otherwise transformed so that is is no longer a pattern, it is merely an agglomeration of forms that have been built over, and redefined to move into another dimension of complexity through the use of adding forms onto forms, and perhaps, placing small scenes around the space of the painting.

Patternings are endless, and are also a good way of organizing a work of art to generally note consistency and is a good way to approach an artwork, a simple repeating motif that is carried on through the journey of the artwork, and unifies the piece, and provides a degree of visual texture and complexity which is not overly complex, to a artwork.

Patterns may begin as small outlines which may then be redefined and repurposed with the intended effect of providing a starting poitn for a work of art which then can begin to grow and develop, through layers of adding and subtracting forms, and by the process, and the mindset maintained by the artist when creating the work of art….