Tag Archives: Art

The Design Element Of Space

In today’s blog post we talk about space and how artists have depicted it over the years. You can find our complete discussion of space in Chapter 4 of Design: A Beginner’s Handbook. For this post we will anchor the … Continue reading

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Art Cars

In recent posts we have featured modified trucks and buses from three different countries. These vehicles are obsessively decorated and customized with shapes, colors, textures, patterns and images. In their new condition they are impressive mobile works of art that … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Pattern (Part 2)

Joyce Kozloff Last week I presented several quick exercises centered on the design principle of pattern. In this new exercise you’ll make use of the patterns you created. To begin, re-read last week’s post and if you haven’t done so … Continue reading

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Matatu: The Decorated Minibuses of Kenya

In two previous posts we discussed decorated and modified vehicles in different cultures. These are trucks, buses, taxis and rickshaws that have been transformed to make cultural and artistic statements. In the earlier posts we focused on the obsessively decorated … Continue reading

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Decorated and Transformed Japanese Trucks

Trucks, buses, taxis and other commercial vehicles around the world are often transformed by their owners into impressive rolling works of art. Their shapes are modified, their surfaces are decorated and new textures are added. In this series of blog … Continue reading

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The Decorated Trucks of Pakistan

As unlikely as it might seem at first, if you’re looking for examples of flamboyant surface design and decoration, you just need to look at trucks, buses and taxis in different countries around the world. For reasons that are specific … Continue reading

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The Not So Passive Observer

In a recent post about the design principle of motion I promised that I would present more examples. Today let’s look at viewer activated motion. In these works the artist invites the viewer to become a co-author of the work. … Continue reading

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Resource: Artist’s Talks

Listening to artists talk is both entertaining and valuable. You get a sense of who they are as people. You learn about the inspirations and motivations behind their work. And you find out about their studio and creative processes. Beginners … Continue reading

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The Language of Motion

It all started with a bet. Leland Stanford, who went on to found Stanford University, bet that when a horse gallops there is a moment when all four hooves leave the ground. At the time this was nearly impossible to … Continue reading

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Vernon Fisher And The Clutter Of A Mind At Work

The first time I saw the work of Vernon Fisher I was instantly captivated. He is a masterful storyteller and painter who employs deadpan humor in his investigations into perception and consciousness. Combining the extraordinary and the mundane, Fisher looks … Continue reading

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