9.0 Asymmetrical, altered sequence: 2 elements (advanced)

rhythm-of-two-systems,asymmetryAsymmetrical balance is all about achieving a felt sense of balance. Asymmetric arrangements can be chaotic, random and even playful. They certainly do not embrace an axis of any sort and have nothing to do with mirroring. In fact, just the opposite. Popcorn never pops symmetrically. Water never boils symmetrically. Asymmetrical balance becomes very reliant on an individual’s awareness and sensitivity to the role played by size, value (or color), and location.

It’s your turn! Create your own version of an asymmetrical altered sequence of two elements. Find 12 toothpicks or matchsticks. Drop them randomly onto a sheet of white paper placed on the ground. Take a photo or your arrangement. Crop into the image to the point where the negative space appears dynamic and interesting. Make a print if you’re working traditionally.

Take out another sheet of white tracing paper along with a bottle of ink or a cup of black coffee and an ink brush. Spontaneously lay down a pattern of splatters or marks within a short amount of time such as five seconds. (If you’re working digitally, create your pattern of splatters or marks with your eyes closed or where your vision is somehow obscured.)

Overlap your tracing paper splatters upon the toothpick arrangement. Find as many means of creating unity between the two elements as you can discover. Take pics. Which are the most effective ones and why? What adjustments would you make to either image in order to strengthen the results? Is there an opportunity for a repetition and variation between toothpicks and splatters to occur?

 

Walker Evans. The Church of the Nazarene. Tennessee, 1936. Library of Congress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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