Week 6: Negative and Positive Space

This week's tutorial required high contrast image. I have picked image of Colosseum and chess.

First, I started with Colosseum and removed lights and replaced it with negative space.

On my second image. I removed pieces' shadows. Put white paper behind it to have positive space.

Then I have cut the background away also and replaced it with positive space.

After making this I have learned meaning of positive and negative space a lot better than before. It was my first time doing this and it was very nice to make something like this. Removing lights from the Colosseum made it feel very dark and creepy. While cutting off the lights, the place looks empty and so dark that it could be a horror movie place.

In the chess image, I was expecting the shadows to mess up the chess platform but it didn't have much effect. Also removing the background from black to white didn't really change the original image. It felt like I just flipped the dark and white in this image. But when I…

Reflection 7: Figure Ground and Gestalt

On week 7 lecture, the video about the labyrinth where the girl tries to get the baby but the labyrinth is messed up. The stairs are tangled and stairs have different gravity. At some point the baby is upside down and the girl is has to walk other way to get the baby. In the end, the girl just jumps down to get the baby. The art in this movie was in my opinion that it messes up watchers mind and let them think what if they would be trapped in this labyrinth stairs.

This art was applied to the movie and also the girl searching for the baby problem was added.

The law of prägnanz is about fundamental principles of gestalt perception. Normally we think of things straight, symmetric and simple but in this law, it breaks the way we like to think. The 5 law of prägnanz are Figure & ground, Proximity, Similarity, Continuity and Closure. This is to somehow disturb or make the watcher see something out of ordinary.

Week 6-7: Abstract Image

During recess week, we were supposed to create an image of abstract or disturb from three different pictures by using the methods of repetition, scale and deconstruction.

I have randomly selected three images and I kind of wanted make the picture very disturbing. When I started to cut the pieces then I realized that I picked too common pictures. If I could re-pick the pictures then I would have change them to something more scary and picture that has face or a person. But in the end I decided to focus more in abstract and focus less on disturbing.

While looking at the pictures, I started cutting some elements of each picture. Like T-Rex and bicycle and bridge. Then I focused on smaller details like tire, lamp, leaf and small details.

In the end I could make a worthy picture of abstract and quite disturbing art. Fusing the parts together and placing it to the places that it should not be is in my opinion, very disturbing. When we have set the mentality that T-Rex head has the T-Rex bod…

Reflection 6: Positive and Negative Spaces

Week 6 lecture was about contrast, black and white or dark and light shades in the pictures. We were taught about positive and negative spaces and the link between these two. The highlight or highlights of the picture can be boosted by using positive and negative spaces.

Like in this picture, the highlight is the prisoner there and the black and white color makes it more dramatic. The feeling of loneliness, being caged and guilty stands out when I looked in this picture. The loneliness comes in my mind because of how small the cell is and out side it, there is only blackness and nothing. Guiltiness stands out because of the black and shady person is sitting along and looking down and maybe thinking about the mistake that he made.

Another topic that was discussed was about Tenebrism which was the style of painting by dramatically contrasting effects of light.

As in this picture, the old man is highlighted and it focuses on the old man mostly. Not the one who is dragging the rope or the…

Reflection 5: Dadaism

Week 5 topic is Dadaism which I have never heard of. She is artist that began in Western Europe in 1916-1922 and the art is related to anti-war pictures. It stood out by red lines, typography and collage of different parts of the pictures. It has an impact in people, media and politics which is why this is known as Dadaism.

Dada used texts, red lines, red borders, different fonts, different font sizes and stood out very well. I really liked this kind of art because I like texts in art and the color setup of black and red. And also art that has impact in people when they look at it.

Reflection 4: Semiotics

The topic of week 4 was Semiotics. This means whenever we look at some sign and we understand what is the meaning of it or have some ideas about the meaning. It's amazing to think that signs around us creates the meaning and resembles of something. For example the zebra crossing where the man walks over the crossing warns the drivers to drive slower and for pedestrians it means that they can cross the street there.

Actually, the funny and yet quite meaningless thing in my opinion is that some people in Finland complained that the zebra crossing sign should be unisex. This even made into news but it just feels very stupid because its the sign that everyone understands and it would not matter is it female or male in the sign.

The colors in the signs also resembles of things. The red color resembles danger or something that you should have a to be noticed. Stop-sign is only red and the text is white. That's why people notice it and most likely follow the rule.

It can be hard to c…

Reflection 3: Amazing Fibonacci

As a computer science student, I have used Fibonacci in some mathematical programming exercise but I don't recall what was it about. There were a lot of mentioning about Fibonacci and a lot of example pictures. I can remember about the shell that was expanding like Fibonacci when you think about it. Here is a picture about it:

It's amazing when you learn that some math is also in art and that really interests me. It was very nice to know this. Next time when looking at some pictures that has some kind of middle point then I will look closer if it has some relations towards Fibonacci.