Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Richard Serra

Typically, when I think of "balance" I think of two elements, yet Richard Serra's piece successfully demonstrates a visually interesting relationship between three elements that creates a unified and balanced piece.
The vertical portions of each coil are longer than the horizontal ones, yet they are less tightly wound and as a result the visual weight of each portion is more balanced. The middle coil, the portion expected to be the focal point, is even less tightly wound than the coils on either side to further decrease this visual weight. The portions of the coil that are on the floor are again different lengths but because of the density of their coils, the viewer's eye is drawn to them as the focal point. Serra manipulates positive and negative space, visual weight, and object placement to create tbalance within his piece.

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