geometric shapes research

Geometric shapes have had a huge presence in art, print and web design, they are hugely successful because they add an element of interest to things that were not previously as interesting. More recently there has been an evident uprising of the use of triangular shapes within design, these are called hipster triangles based on an alternative style of design. This is what I will be covering in this blog post which i started by a book entitled “Visarely” written by Gaston Diehl based upon the influence artist Victor Vasarely had on op art.

This style of design often represents something that is not present when talking the image, and alternative way of looking at the image, a different focus within the image. For example take the image below, an otherwise simple red and yellow checkered pattern but with the simple changing of a few lines there appears to be a jester character mid character, this image titled “L’Arlequin” is from 1935 created by the artist Victor Vasarely.


This image titled “Vonal Zoeld”  dates back to 1968, again created by the artist Victor Visarely. Can see how the arrangement of the shapes creates a depth within the image that would have not otherwise existed. I have noted this because this is something that is common within the modern day geometric shapes in design.


The final image from Vasarely is this one titled “Elbrouz-II” which dates back to 1956. I have picked this image because it includes many geometric shapes which overlap to create a completely different image to what it would have been without the shapes. This is the busiest out of the three but has lead to an interesting end result.


Having looked into this style of design I have found that geometrics can be broken down into these three different categories. Firstly, the addition of lines creates a slightly different, more interesting composition by slightly changing the shape of the original image, just like the first example I have shown. The second uses shapes within the original shape to zoom in a particular area of the image, giving a feel of having more depth than it would have been otherwise, this is just like my second example. Finally, the last style is with the addition of lots of variations of size and shape within the image and a subtle colour difference, just like the third example. I will now go on to show examples of this in modern day art. I must note that the categories I have stipulated are not necessarily correct, they simply allow me to organise a somewhat dis-jointed part of art that follows no particular flow or purpose other than to make the image bit more interesting with a little more depth. This has also allowed me to break down the research down into bite sized chunks.

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