Figure/Ground Ambiguity

Figure/ground Ambiguity - Figure/ground ambiguity exists when it is impossible to determine what would be considered figure and what would be considered ground. Common causes of figure/ground ambiguity are blurriness (gradients, camera blur, depth of field, smudging, etc.) or an immense quantity and complexity of figures. When it becomes difficult or impossible to determine when a figure stops and the ground begins, figure/ground ambiguity occurs. Note: this is distinctly different that figure/ground reversal.


Figure/Ground Ambiguity
Areas of figure/ground ambiguity... figures become indeterminate



Figure Ground Ambiguity
Almost entirely figure/ground ambiguous
(figure can be determined along the bottom edge of the image)


Figure/Ground Ambiguity
Jackson Pollock
Lavender Mist: Number 1
Oil, enamel, aluminum paint on canvas, 1950



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