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Chapter 1.2: Form, Volume, Mass and Texture

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Chapter 1.2: Form, Volume, Mass and Texture FINE 1001

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These notes review how to apply knowledge of form, volume, mass and texture to interpret a meaning of a piece of art.
Introduction to Art
Professor Elizabeth Pugliano
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Date Created: 10/03/16
Chapter 1.2: Form, Volume, Mass and Texture Form:  Shapes do not have mass or volume  Pyramids, spheres, ad other 3­D objects are called forms  A form occupies 3­D space ad exists in a real/solid way  Forms are tactile; can be felt with hands  When artists creates forms, they consider how the viewer will experience it  Forms have two fundamentals; volume and mass  Forms created by artists in ancient times, depicted life of that day  There are two types of form; organic and geometric Geometric Form  Regular and readily expressable in words/mathematics  Pulling from shapes Ex) Cubes, spheres, cylinders, pyramids, cones Organic Form  Irregular and unpredictable  Has an expressive effect   Can show distortion to express concepts   Pulling from the natural world Ex) Human body, plants, waves, animals Form in the Relief vs. Form in the Round  Relief is a work where forms project either in or out of a surface  Designed to be viewed from one side only; 2­D  Form in the round is freestanding, 3­D, and viewable from all sides (sculpture)  A form in the round is meant to be seen from all sides; 3­D  Forms in the relief combine 2 and 3­D aspects  Sunken Relief; Forms carved INTO the background rather than coming out of the surface  Bas/Low Relief; Doesnt project from the background very far   High Relief; Projects from the surface a lot, but not all of the way (in the round)  Volume:  Suggestive  3­D, solid objects, and objects that are enclosed on an empty space all have volume  Architectural forms enclose a volume of interior space to be used for living/working   Presence of mass suggests weight, gravity, connection to earth Ex) Washington Monument  Absence of mass suggests lightness, airiness, flight Ex) Eiffel Tower  Asymmetrical mass suggests dynamism, movement, and change  Open Volume  Wen artists enclose a space with materials that aren't completely solid  Creating implied space/forms  Makes a work feel light  Ex) Sydney Opera House  Mass:   Suggestive  Suggests that a volume is solid and occupies space  Our perception of mass influences how we feel about it  Some suggest heaviness; artists/viewers rely on using their intuition Texture:  Any 3­D object that can be touched/felt; has texture  2­D has implied texture/tactile sensations  Mostly rely on our sense of touch and experience with texture Subversive Texture  Contradictory textures that challenge our preconceived opinions about how the world is around  us  Defies expectations  Creates discomfort; confusion  Can be implied in 2­D  Meant to challenge viewers to reconsider what they know as the world   Form is recognizable; the experience is not  Ex) A cactus with fur; looks soft, but we know it's prickly


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