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Visible: Cornell

22 Apr

Visibility, in terms of Cornell and the composition of a blox, in my mind centers around the imagination and the mind’s role in filling in the gaps of this story.  For me, the process of gathering images or icons to include in the blox for the quality of visible is simply a reflection upon what I have thought about in the process of reading The Giving Tree.

The Giving Tree is visible because of the careful craftsmanship with which Silverstein composes this story. I like to think that this story is visible through a kaleidoscope- it becomes a mixture of wonderful colors, even in its black and white illustrations, and is a constantly moving story, like that of a kaleidoscope. Also included in my blox for visibility will be a magnifying glass. Not only is a magnifying glass used to see things more closely and clearly, but I have personal memories involving magnifying glasses that relate to my childhood. I was always fascinated with them and often played with them outside trying to capture the sun and use it to further illuminate whatever was around. A picture of an eye is also appropriate. Not only for obvious reasons, but I am including it in the sense that it represents the mind’s eye- the eye with which we are allowed to see what the imagination fabricates for us. I am a visual learner and also have tendencies toward a photographic memory. Therefore, everything I see I can remember very well, and things that I do not see, I create mental images that help me to remember them. In that sense, my mind is also a sketch pad because it creates what it does not see explicitly.

All of these things come together to make a blox that is colorful and filled with things that represent images that are visible and that represent the ability to see them- visibility.



28 Feb

The emblem I chose to explain Visibility is a rainbow.

A rainbow exemplifies Visibility because of obvious reasons having to do with color, but also because of its distinctive and circumstantial appearances.

To draw on the graphical element of color that I have chosen to represent Visibility, and simply put, there is no Visibility without color, especially in the physical world. A rainbow is characterized by color, it is what we base our color wheel on and is the presentation of our visible spectrum of light in its natural form. A rainbow is color, and that certain combination and order of colors are a rainbow.

In regards to the circumstantial appearance of rainbows, its Visibility requires specific meteorological conditions, a certain combination of precipitation or saturation in the air through which light shines to reveal the rainbow at certain angles. Rainbows are not visible unless these conditions are present, and even still a specific angle is required for Visibility of the scientific phenomenon.

While rainbows are relatively common and can be explained scientifically, they are still unique enough to be appreciated for their phenomenalism and are recognized by humans as a reminder to appreciate the beauty and Visibility of nature and all its colorful glory.


28 Feb

The graphical element I chose to best represent Visibility is color.

Color is a part of our lives that many of us take for granted. It is how we perceive the world around us, it defines, instructs and differentiates all of the things that we use or come into contact with every day. Without color, our lives would be bland, like a neutral palate of colors- much like a black and white movie.

While color does not define the Visibility of objects, it does enhance our aesthetic experiences and vivify our individual worlds. As a generation having grown up with color TV, watching black and white movies or television creates almost a sense of anxiety, like we are deprived of something. I know personally, I can only stand to watch something black and white for a few minutes, without reaching for the remote to change the channel, no matter how engaging the story is.

Color was then a luxury, it is now a “necessity” and to imagine life without color, especially in the film entertainment sense, is to imagine life with no excitement or spontaneity. I feel as though Visibility can be equated with excitement and therefore I would like to draw a comparison to say that without color, there is no Visibility in our lives.

E-Lit Example

28 Feb

The E-Lit example that I chose to represent Exactitude was “Endemic Battle” by  Geof Huth.

I feel as though this piece of E-Lit represents Exactitude is because it is based on and around the pixels of a computer screen. It builds off of a singular pixel and each letter or character is structured by pixels that are nothing but exact in their placement. Pixels by nature are exact because of the way they fit together, but do not quite touch. They create images that only allow for structured placement, especially with pixels of the size in this piece of E-Lit. Because of the large-sized pixels, no image is allowed to have a rounded edge, therefore implying, if only subtly, extreme geometric precision and Exactitude in each of these characters and lines.

Even the aesthetics of the piece, more specifically the colors, black and white, create a sense of Exactitude. There is no stronger contrast than that of black and white against each other. They are at the farthest ends of the color spectrum, and therefore there is no question as to the extent of their contrast. This, in my mind, is another aspect of this piece that implies Exactitude due to the definite line that is created at the seam of the black and white pixels next to each other.

Not only is the piece precise in aesthetics and design, but it is also exact in the way that the text is displayed one character or word at a time. Each action is deliberate so as to create the most exact and precise experience for the viewer possible by guiding where the eye looks at every moment of the piece.

It is for these implied and explicit aesthetic reasons that I believe this piece of E-Lit is the picture of Exactitude- a perfect example of the power of direction and deliberateness.