There are four players in art experience: the artist, the picture, the viewer, and art information (including criticism, commentary, history, and education).
The premise of this site posits the viewer and the picture as the key players in art experience.
The artist is celebrated as the creator of the work. His or her intentions and commentary enrich and guide our appreciation and understanding of the art.
Critics, commentators, and educators have their place, but arguably art information overload and hype now challenge the integrity of art experience.
Once unveiled, a picture has a life of its own.
Once viewed, there are intellectual and emotional dynamics between the viewer and the picture.
These dynamics constitute the essence of art experience.
Just as physics models and describes the interaction of matter and energy in the physical universe, an analytic framework and language is needed to objectively and succinctly describe art experience.
We approached this challenge empirically (i.e., by observation and experience, rather than theory or pure logic), and made a remarkable discovery:
11 simple visual elements repeatedly appear in enduring world-class art since the beginning of time - spanning all geographies, styles, movements, and artists.
These "11 Dynamic Elements of Art" are the visual elements that make people think, feel, and act.
The 11 Dynamic Elements of Art, listed below, and detailed on the linked page, provide the analytical framework and language used on this site.
The 11 Dynamic Elements of Art
AIR, EDGE AND SURFACE
COLOR FIELD ATTRIBUTES
COLOR FIELD DYNAMICS
GLYPH AND TEXT
POSTURE AND FACIAL EXPRESSION
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