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id ga9805
authors Stebbing, Peter D.
year 1998
title There is a universal grammar for visual composition!
source International Conference on Generative Art
summary There appears to be little general concensus on what components should be taught on art and design courses in the university sector when introducing students to visual composition. The existing textbooks display a variety of approaches and material confirming this lack of consistency. This paper presents four closely related core components (contrast, rhythm, balance, and proportion) which the author proposes form a generative grammar for visual composition. These components appear not just to underlie art and design but also other areas of human expressive culture ranging across film, dance, sculpture and architecture etc. This visual grammar, or metagrammar, appears to have its biological origins before our evolutionary phase as a hunter/gatherer and appears to be universal.
keywords origins of order in the arts, organic form, visual grammar, epigenetic rules, core components: contrast, rhythm, balance and proportion, visual composition curriculum, art and design education.  
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