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Passive/Active Space in Art October 5, 2009

Posted by smidget08 in Uncategorized.

I chose to look at Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn” for this assignment.

The passive space in this composition includes the lines in between the different faces, and also the solid colored space behind her face. This provides a “visual rest” for the composition. Because of the over-load of color, the solid blocks behind her help your eyes to rest. The color changes and overlapped style of this composition present active space. The solid backgrounds also provide for an established figure/ground relationship in the composition.



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