Subject: Geometric Abstraction
Activity: Expressing personality through shape and color
Materials: Paint and paper
Vocabulary: Abstract, Geometric Abstraction, biomorphic, dynamic
Peter Reginato is a sculptor working in a style called Geometric Abstraction but he focuses on softening the contours of hard lines to create biomorphic shapes. His goal is to represent experiences and emotions through boldly colored geometric forms, rather than depicting them realistically. The artist used a variety of vibrant colors and dynamic shapes to give this sculpture personality and make it visually interesting.
Does this sculpture look like a person to you?
What characteristics of a person might this sculpture represent? What colors or shapes correspond to specific attributes?
If this sculpture was not brightly colored, how would its mood and personality be affected?
Choose a person that is a role model to you. Make a list of the actions and character traits that you associate with this person. Next, choose a color and shape to represent each of these attributes. Using paint on paper, make a composition that combines these colors and shapes to depict the personality of the person you chose without depicting them realistically.
Abstract -- expressing a quality apart from the way an object appears to the eye; the opposite of realistic
Geometric Abstraction -- a style of art that uses geometric shapes to create a composition that is not representational or realistic
Dynamic -- characterized by action, the opposite of static
Organic/Biomorphic forms – resembling the forms of living organisms