Form and Content•Seeing and responding to form–The artist is the sender of the work's message.–The viewer must receive and experience the work.•Learning to respond to form–Subject matter can interfere with perception of form.
Form and Content•Seeing and responding to form–Look at pictures upside down.•Unfamiliar becomes fresh•Georgia O'Keeffe's Jack-in-the-Pulpit–Enlarged to 4 feet in height–Focusing on only the flower–Viewer takes time to observe an object that would normally be too small or be passed over
Looking and Seeing•Looking–Implies taking in what is before us in a mechanical or goal-oriented way•Seeing–More open, receptive, and focused–"Looking" with memories, imaginations, and feelings attached–Appreciation of a form beyond function
Form:The total effects of the combined visual qualities within an artwork, including such components as material, color, shape, design elements and principlesComposition:The organization of the visual elements in a work of art.Meanings:Expressive content of an artwork and the artwork’s inferred implications.Content:The meaning or message communicated by a work of art, including emotional, intellectual, symbolic, thematic and narrative connotations68
Form and Content•Contrasting Rodin's The Kissand Brancusi's The Kiss–Rodin's work representational of Western ideals•Highly-charged moment of lovers embracing–Brancusi's manipulation of a solid block of stone to represent lasting love•Symbolic concept of two becoming one