Considering what you have learned about the three types of BALANCE: Radial, Symmetrical, Asymmetrical, do the following:
Balance choice is Asymmetrical
1) Go out into nature
2) Collect found materials (ex. leaves, sticks, stones, discarded wrappers, etc.)
3) Create a design that addresses one of the three types of balance. (research the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy, pg 548, fig. 3.9.12)
4) Photograph your design
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In art, balance involves the sense or nous of distribution associated with perceived visual weights, which offset each other. As such, when components of an artwork appear balanced a feeling of comfort and gratification is experienced (DeWitte et al., 2015). Imbalance results in an unsettled feeling. In relation to this, the type of balance selected is asymmetrical balance. Asymmetrical balance is associated with two sides differing from each other, as opposed to being identical. However, the arrangement of the elements is accomplished in a manner that creates a sense of balance in the eyes of the viewer (DeWitte et al., 2015). As such, asymmetry can be considered a form of balance that does not match sides, but conjures a visual sense within visual weight opposites. Asymmetrical balance amounts to a contrast that possess equal weight of significant or vital elements placed accurately within the intuitively strategic locations or places.
The natural world serves as the primary material of the artist and artists can harness its limitations, with the aim of gaining a deeper comprehension of it (DeWitte et al., 2015). Drawing on this notion, my arrangement of the leaves and stone was targeted at conveying various ideas to the viewer. Moreover, my preference for asymmetrical balance is inspired by the variety, liveliness, and visual interest characterizing this form of balance. These characteristics are evident in the pattern I created using the leaves and stone. DeWitte et al. (2015) assert that asymmetrical balance is more dynamic than the symmetrical balance, as it integrates various shapes, colors, textures, lines, and sizes. In relation to this, the pattern created by the arrangement of the stones, leaves, and braches bears a robust sense of variety. For instance, the stone differs from the branches and leaves in size, texture, color, shape, and natural material that make it.
Visual balance is accomplished by perfectly placing stones in manner that allows it to form two triangles, which appear almost equal when the line of symmetry divides the stone into halves. One of the halves is placed on top of leaves, whereas the other half rest on the surface of the ground on the grass. Whereas the stone is solid and conveys a sense of permanence, its arrangement with the leaves and branches virtually appears off balance, as it any slight distraction can result in the distraction of the pattern or arrangement. In this manner, as sense of liveliness is established by the design. Moreover, the arrangement of stones of leaves, stone, and branches to form the pattern in the figure above bears a profound visual interest.
When viewing the image, it can be noted that asymmetrical balance has been accomplished visually by focusing on various principles. First, the principle of the larger form being heavier relative to a smaller form is demonstrated in the placement of the stone on top of the leaves and branches. Second, the principle of the objects toward the corner or edge of the composition appear heavier is demonstrated in the placement of the more leaves and almost half of the stone on one side, and few leaves and branches on the other side. As such, arrangement of the stone, leaves, and leave stems or branches displays a significant deal of asymmetrical balance with its unique aspects of liveliness, variety, and intense visual interest.
DeWitte, J. D., Larmann, M. R., & Shields, K. M. (2015). Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts, Second Edition. High Holbon: Thames & Hudson