Notebook, 1993-


Active Shape

Active and Passive Shape and Ground - An active shape is one that consists of acute angles, bulges, and protuberances that reach out aggressively into space (a member of the family of the thorn, the amoeba?). By passive shape is meant one that turns inward like a hibernating animal, or is self-contained like a nut, a pear, a boulder. An active ground may be one that departs much or little from a blank surface.

[Harlan, Calvin. Vision & Invention, An Introduction to Art Fundamentals. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986.]



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