From Part to Whole: Synergy and the Assembled Trajectory

By Richard Morris.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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Published online: February 16, 2015 $US5.00

The compositional flexibility inherent in an aesthetic compositional system such as the grid, and in the convention of assemblage, offer artist’s with a structural freedom to explore some evocative compositional possibilities. Examples of such possibilities can be seen in the assembled "trajectories" attending works which utilize a contiguous arrangement of discreet parts. A trajectory could be described as a discernable visual "logic," or visual coherence amonst distinct yet neighbouring parts in a work, and in some cases, also their potential direction of interpretation. Such a trajectory may exhibit a unity of structure and fluidity of interpretation for the viewer, so that they may be able to discern a palpable synergism amongst dissimilar parts.
This paper will look at a selection of works which can be seen to employ the grid and/or assemblage for the purpose of forming evocative linear trajectories. Common to each of the works explored, is the compositional juxtaposition of discreet components which have been utilized for the purpose of forming such trajectories. Each work will be discussed on the basis of the viewer’s perceptual encounter with specific trajectories located in each work.

Keywords: Technique, Perception

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 5, Issue 3-4, February 2015, pp.17-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 16, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 425.350KB)).

Dr. Richard Morris

Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts, Faculty of Arts and Theology, Avondale College, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia