Asymmetry and Balance
Asymmetry and balance is a fine line when creating artwork. Even if the composition of a piece isn't centered doesn't mean it isn't balanced. My piece above is inspired by Karine Leger. I liked her work and thought I'd try to create something similar. I like her work because it is asymmetrical but still very balanced. I'm not real sure how much I actually like my attempt but I think that it is asymmetrical and balanced. I think the thing that actually throws off some of the balance is the texture around the piece. Below I added the original piece I did in charcoal before I finished in Photoshop.
This is the original piece I did and I think I prefer it to the one above because the background isn't so distracting but I did feel that it needed a little more which is why I worked on it some more in Photoshop.
Motion and Emotion
First, I'd like to apologize for the weird glare in the middle of the page. This is part of my final for my film photography class so I took a picture of a picture. This photograph looks so much better in person. Motion whether literal or not can not only change the mood of a piece of work but it can also draw attention across the plane of work. Motion can also cause different emotions depending on how it is used. For example, if this was a really dark picture with huge waves it may seem dark and dreary or if it was a picture of pristine blue water it would be calming.
Color and Value
You may recognize this piece because it was the first assignment I did for this class except I reworked it since then for my Art History class. I love it now, before it was more of an experiment with Photoshop. I chose this for color and value because it shows a range of colors in different values to create a harmonious piece. Color is so important in any piece of art because it can show mood, emotion, and a host of other things to the viewer. Some artist might use a lack of color for the same reasons. I chose black as a background because it is a great base when your using many different colors. Other artist may choose to have a colorful background and a subdued foreground. Color is one of my favorite things to play around with but I haven't had the chance to use it much this semester, so I enjoyed working on this.
Time and Space
I chose to show another one of my photographs for time and space. Yes, I've spent the entire semester taking tons of photographs. I wanted to show this for time and space because it doesn't have to be a literal translation. Although, many artist do show time and space as literal parts of their work and they do it very well. Time can also be shown as a season like this photograph. I labeled it Spring because when I was out taking photographs it was the only thing blooming in the area. While this photograph makes the plant itself look huge it is actually quite small taking up very little actual space. Artist may play around with actual space to make objects seem bigger or smaller. Time and space are just another tool in an artist tool belt. Again, sorry for the quality! Without scanning the image it isn't the best representation of my work.
Transparency and Opacity
I love this piece by Mats Jonasson. Transparency was very hard for me to recreate, so I used this artwork instead. One side is transparent while the other is more opaque. In this case it creates depth and interest to the sculpture. Sometimes it is an illusion drawn or painted by an artist. Many artist have the skill to make a 2D image look like it is popping of the page. Working with transparency and opacity is something I'd like to continue to work on. Hopefully, I'll get the hang of it one day!
Unity and Coherence
This is part of my final for my film photography class as well but it does work for Unity and Coherence. I chose this because two pieces of artwork don't have to be exactly the same to show unity. I'm showing similar objects that appear in nature and that are man made. Sometimes movement can create unity or reflection of objects could create unity. Coherence and unity can be created many different ways and sometimes it isn't completely obvious.