Art Element: Line

Defining boundaries geometrically

Much like Mel Bochner's Vertigo, dark ruled lines define boundaries while hatchmark lines within those boundaries convey disarray.
Parallel lines create shapes that are bounded by a lack of color (white). This creates a softer, less harsh boundary.
The use of lines overlayed on other lines shows an organized but also free shape. The flower is contained but the lines within are crossing in a way that conveys freedom within the shape.
I'agence uses both line and contrast in this black and white image. The interchanging dark and white vertical lines along the walls create a hallway type feel to the large room.
This piece of architecture was designed to show straight vertical lines of strength and the use of crossing vertical lines creates an image of more depth. The hallway lines also provide more texture.
Many different directions and shapes of lines cover this piece to provide texture and depth of the scene.
This buildings pillars comes from many lines that in succession provide movement for drama. As the you go farther to the right of the picture the pillars move more.
This piece utilizes implied lines to create an image in the art. This image is then recreated as a shadow on the floor with more implied lines. The lines of the walls also provide depth.
Within the lines of this painting are further more brushstroke lines that give this bright colored painting shade and texture. It also creates less sharp lines and colors that flow into each other.
Here is another Dubuffet piece in color, that still shows his commitment to unregulated lines that convey chaos but also seem organized. The title of the piece is also written in lines.
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