Dynamic/Static: 7

Dynamic/Static - Something that is Dynamic can be described as possessing or displaying energy/force or motion. Something that is Static shows no change. It is characterized by a lack of movement, animation, or progression.

(Static is a similar concept to stasis, though stasis is a terms specific to having actual motion.)

Static v Dynamic

Mark Rothko. No. 61, Rust and Blue. 1953.

Static - stable, single dominant axis (horizontal), similarity of shapes


Marcel Duchamp. Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2. 1912.

Dynamic - expressing movement, multiple axis

King Mankaure

Menkaure and His Queen. 2548-2530 BCE.

Static - stable, unmoving, singular vertical axis


Laocoön and His Sons, also called the Laocoön Group. 25 BCE.

Dynamic - energetic, apparent movement, multiple axis

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