By building upon your knowledge of the visual elements, we can observe how artists combine these basic building blocks toward the creation of a dynamic two-dimensional or three-dimensional composition. This week we will focus on the following work:
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Cake Man (II), 2013, fiberglass mannequin, Dutch-wax printed cotton textile, plaster, pocket watch, globe, etc., 10 feet approx.
Following is an alternative views of the artwork:
BBC. (n.d.). Image of fiberglass mannequin. Retrieved from http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/75298000/jpg/_75298618_bb931235-79c8-4266-99fc-cc03cff513e2.jpg
In your opinion, how does it contribute to the artwork’s expressive content? Potential principles to consider include:
Unity and variety: How are unity and variety achieved in the artwork? Does it show visual or conceptual unity or both?
Balance: Is actual or pictorial balance being used? What kinds of balance are present? To what direction is the object visually weighted?
Emphasis and movement: Is anything being visually emphasized in this artwork? What contributes to this?
Rhythm and Repetition: Is there a pattern in this artwork? If so, does it repeat and create rhythm?
Scale and proportion: Is this made to scale? Are any distortions of scale present? Is it proportional?
Remember, you don’t need to answer all of these questions. Select one of these principles and use these questions as a guide. Answer in about 350 words.