If subject matter is what is being depicted in a work of art, what is the subject of non-representational works such as Blue, Orange, Red by Mark Rothko and Autumn Rhythm by Jackson Pollock?
What is Donald Judd communicating in his piece titled 100 Untitled Works in Mill Aluminum? What do you think the content is? How does the form help the artist express the content? How does the work of Pollock and Judd differ?
Explain how you feel when viewing an artwork without representational imagery, storytelling, or explicit personal feeling. Can shapes and colors evoke emotion and interpretation?
Identify visual elements and principles of design in your analysis.
Some elements and principles to choose from below
- Line: what types of lines do you see in the piece? Provide examples.
- Shape: what types of shapes do you see? Provide examples.
- Mass: How is mass implied?
- Space: How is the illusion of space created in the piece?
- Time and Motion: Are time and motion evident in this piece? How so?
- Light: How is light used here?
- Color: How does the artist use color?
- Texture: How does the artist create the illusion of texture, or incorporate actual texture
Principles of Design
- Unity and Variety: In what way is this piece unified and how is variety integrated.
- Balance: how is the piece balanced and how does the artist accomplish this.
- Emphasis and Subordination: What is the focal point and how is it emphasized?
- Directional Forces: what leads our attention to the area of emphasis?
- Contrast: Are elements that are strongly different? Consider colors and value also.
- Repetition and Rhythm: What elements repeat in the composition
- Scale and Proportion: Consider the relationships between things and their size