Layout and Composition

This project stresses the importance of how carefully you plan your composition and how this can affect the outcome and the mood of the piece.  “The object of these exercises is to explore possible arrangements of content relating to format.”  We were directed to the work of Tim Marrs and Paul Wearing.

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Having researched into these artists I saw connections and similarities to the work of Robert Rauschenberg.  I find the stark compositions bursting with colour something incredibly appealing aesthetically, where he’d combine found objects with paint and drawing, and often photographs which he would apply to his compositions using the silkscreen process.  This enabled him to produce many many compositions quickly and effectively, addressing the multiple reproducibility of these images.  He would combine newsprint and paintings along with the found items that he discovered on the streets of New York City.  Our brief was to explore compositional techniques, utilising collage and drawing and focussing on how these aspects would work together as a whole.

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There were several points to address in terms of how these aspects would come together, whether the composition lacked dynamism which should be resolved by playing with scale and juxtaposing different assets.  Our focus points were to identify the essential elements in the composition, whether there should be an area of focus, symmetry/asymmetry, negative space and white space and the importance of each, limiting the colour palate and the use of a grid system.

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