Monday, August 5, 2013

Curves and lines

See how she leans her cheek upon her hand. 
O that I were a glove upon that hand 
That I might touch that cheek!
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

What makes a photo real for you?  What are those elements that make you feel like you are in the piece of art?  What draws you in?

Krysta Kaos - 080513 - SideB

I've often wonder what elements of art make me connect with a piece.  I think this draw is similar to a few of things I find sexy and attractive in another person.  These elements are what I can sense with other senses.  For me, it is what I can touch, for example curves and lines.  I find that touch is something I can more easily experience by seeing art.
Krysta Kaos - 080513 - SideB

Visual art rarely can convey taste, smell (unless showing something we have a strong taste or scent association with - think of a photo of brownies).  Sometimes you can sense a sound from visual arts.  I can almost hear a moan or sigh from a photo.  While these can be conveyed, it is not as strong of an association as touch.

When I see a texture, shape, curve, line, or space, I can imagine how it would feel to run my hand over it.  I feel a deeper connection when it is a person.  I feel the smooth skin, soft hair, the softer muscle versus the hardness of bone under the skin.  I can feel the warmth of the person transferring to my hand.  Once I get feel these simulated sensations from visual art, I feel a connection to it.  I can feel all these things as real as if my hands were enjoying the moment.

Do you have a visceral sensation when seeing art?  What does it make you feel and how does it affect how you appreciate the piece?

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