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119Final Exam is A PartyRequired Book The Structure of Painting by Michael Leyton 1 Exam Monday May 2 Book and Lecture NotesMain Topics 1 How to Read the composition of a painting 2 How the composition relates to the emotional expression The composition inspires emotions in the viewer3 What is the survival function of art Main goal Train our eyes train you 3Way Correspondence CompositionEmotionsSurvival people worship art because it brings out emotion CompostionThe composition is an organization created by shapes oThe shape structure produces a tension oThe tension gives the emotion stored in the artwork oWe will go deeply into how the artist achieves this oHow does the shape store the emotional tension oThe shapes gives us dynamic information ie information about movement The word emotion meanse outward motion movement Shapes show movement which shows emotion So the shapes in the painting give us information about the EMOTIONS OUTWARD MOVEMENTS of the art So the shapes have acted as a STORE for those movements oShapes store the emotions and viewers grasp them So to understand how a painting works we have to understand how the viewer can RECOVER from the shapes The EMOTION of the artistsThe shapes are acting as a memory store for those EMOTIONS oshape is equivalent to memory storageLeytons book has developedo New foundations to geometry oIn which the fundamental claim isSHAPE is equivalent to MEMORY STORAGE oThis goes against the foundations of geometry that have existed from Euclid to modern mathematicsoIn his new foundations Leyton has argued ART WORKS ARE MAXIMAL MEMORY STORES This is why art works are so highly valued 124 13 The World as History We will define Memory Information about the past Consequently define Memory StoreAny object that yields information about the pastLeyton argues the entire world around us is memory storage And we extract this information from the objects we see Leyton also argues Many sources of memory Examples 1 Scars A scar on a persons face is in fact a memory storeacts as memory store bc it gives us info on the pasta It gives us information about the past b It tells us that in the past the surface of the skin was cut c Therefore processhistory is stored in a scar 2 Dents A dent in a car is also a memory storeie it gives us information about the past a It tells us that in the past the door underwent an impact from another object b Therefore processhistory is stored in a dent 3 Growths Any growth is a memory store ie it yields information about the past a For example the shape of a persons face gives us information about the history of growth that produced it
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