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    Concept: Kinesthetic response

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    Balance (visual) - Balance is the intuitive optical equilibrium between parts of a composition. Visual balance cannot be measured and is a component that is felt. Each figure in composition has a certain "visual weight" -- bright colors typically appear lighter in weight than dark colors. Balance can be symmetrical (see also Symmetry) and asymmetrical. Asymmetrical balance occurs when elements are not mirrored across an axis within the composition and tends to be interpreted as more dynamic than symmetrical balance. Asymmetrical balance can be visualized like a seesaw with a child at one end and an adult near the center.

    Symmetrical balance on the left, asymmetrical balance on the right. There is an intuitive sense ofvisual weight to each element that is based on one's own experiences with the physical structures of the world (such as gravity).

    Symmetrical Balance

    Symmetrical Balance
    Leonardo Da Vinci. Vitruvian Man.

    Balance Balance
    Asymmetrical Balance
    Van Gogh. Starry Night.

    Balance Balance
    Asymmetrical Balance (rollover to see)
    King Kong.

    Balance Balance
    Asymmetrical Balance (rollover to see)
    Alexander Calder. The Star.

    Rhythm(visual) - Rhythm is the sense of movment that is established through repetition of shapes. Visual rhythm is similar to musical rhythm -- music can be created through a pattern of sound and silence; visual rhythm can be created through a pattern of figure and ground. Rhythm, in contrast to repetition, does not require exactness; rhythm may have regular or periodic changes in size, color, texture, shape, etc. Visual rhythm will generally follow a path of arranged shapes. The path may be regular or irregular depending on the type of rhythm,

    Regular path of curved lines, emananting like ripples on water from the top left.

    Movement in Squares
    Bridget Riley. Movement in Squares.

    Emanuele Viscuso. Wave-Bridge on the Imaginary.

    Unity - Unity implies structure and stability within a composition. It takes the separate elements present and creates a whole. Unity differs from the gestalt methods of grouping in that it refers to the entire composition, not groups within the composition. Unity can be described as the state in which all elements complement each other rather than compete for attention. Unity can be accomplished through the use of color, shape, direction, texture, and motion.

    Similar marks create unity through repetition.
    Michael Letts. Monument.

    Similar shapes (the human figure) create unity.
    Shelby Lee Adams. Leddie & Children.

    Similar shapes (curves of bottle, curves of glass, curves of bread) create unity.
    Mark Riedy. Wine in Vineyard.

    Focal Point - The Focal Point is a specific part or area of a work that gains visual prominance. The focal point is usually used as an attempt to attract the viewer's attention, to create an area that the viewer's eye returns to again and again. Focal points can be created many ways but most commonly the focal point is created through contrasting the focal point with the other visual elements using changes in direction, size, shape, hue, brightness, or texture.

    Alternate Terms:
    Primary figure
    Area of event

    Emphasis on the face created through discontinuity of color and brightness. (rollover to see)
    Gerard Fromanger. Jean-Paul.

    Emphasis on the girl and subsequently the ball through color, brightness, and texture. (rollover to see)
    Joseph Cornell.

    Emphasis on the center through texture, scale, and brightness. (rollover to see)
    Arnalso Pomodoro. Sphere.