When people think of things that are striking, they think of things that capture their attention, maybe even make them jump. The idea behind a striking piece of art is that it gives one a reason to look at it. Whether it is an artist’s goal to be striking, or it is just their style, it makes for very interesting pieces.
When choosing the images, it was important to make sure the chosen artwork had specific structures. The goal was to demonstrate how things can be striking in different ways and that there is not just one form of the word. A piece does not have to fit into a certain mold in order to be striking, but rather a combination of different ideas that make it that way. The chosen pieces contain a lot of color or some with just black and white. The Colin Kaepernick image proved that color does not have to be a factor in creating something striking. There is a message in his face, his hair, his clothing, and even the lack of color that makes the advertisement striking. The knife oil painting gives the understanding that there is feeling and experience in art. There does not need to be words in order to grasp the meaning of an image. The historical art piece gave an insight to the romanticism period in the 1800s and showed a comparison of today’s art, world, and how women are viewed. The sculpture displayed the most unique of the chosen pieces because of the fact that it is multi-dimensional. It is not just ink or paint on a piece of paper. It embodies multiple forms of art and color in order to produce something that is interesting to look at.
Different forms of art were chosen to show that it does not have to be just pictures, or just paintings, etc. It can be any form of art. For art to be striking, it does not have to tell a message. It can just be so beautiful that it catches the eye, however, any piece of art can tell a message depending who is looking at it. This project was very successful for the fact that it truly exposes different art forms. It showed the different mediums and dimensions of art and the power they can hold. Learning of visual rhetoric teaches a message of how to apply it to everyday life and truly raises the level of observance when restricted to just one word, but holding access to millions of images.
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