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Making sense of the visual world…

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1. visual grammar exercise- visual depiction of emotions with the use of dots and lines

I played around with the visual grammar exercises we started with last week. 

I kept thinking about what was mentioned on the session that certain abstract lines and dots in their minimalist sense can evoke certain feelings and emotions just by their arrangement on a paper/screen or in a space (Inspired by the book Stop Stealing Sheep by Erik Spiekermann and E.M. Ginger I tried to visually depict three emotions- anger, confusion and joy. You can probably guess which one is which….)

This also reminded me of  an article I read some time ago about nonverbal means of communication across cultures through sounds/music.  (I am not sure it was this one but oh well, something along these lines, you get the idea.). Anyway, this got me thinking….To once again link this with the visual grammar and communication–  Why is it so that we perceive or read certain images the way we do… What if the image is very abstract…. Is there some sort of universal archetype, common denominator in visual communication and our perception that can communicate emotions or ideas visually  across cultures independently of  the cultural background we all carry….Or are we just reading and seeing what we are used to see ??? How do we make sense of the world visually. It always interested me…. Not to get too wordy and essay-lengthy, although I probably already did. I got intrigued by the principles of Gestalt theory  and tried to link some of the exercises  to my research as well as looking at golden ratio and sacred geometry used in graphic design and design in particular.

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2. golden ratio used in design (photo of interior of Gallery of Slovak Modern Art Nedbalka)

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3. visual grammar exercise- visual de-construction of a space (ceiling structure)

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4. visual grammar exercise- exploring principles of Gestalt theory on paper (similarity, closure, proximity)

And just one more thought  on how the brain makes sense of the world  and how perception is grounded in our experience by Beau Lotto, neuroscientist and artist , that I thought link nicely to gestalt theory, from his  TED talk:

“The brain takes meaningless information and makes meaning out of it, which means we never see what’s there, we never see information,we only ever see what was useful to see in the past.”