For this week we are looking at abstract objects, which is explained in the book Visual Grammar as a shape that we can´t create physically. Following pages in the book, written by Christian Leborg, then goes on exploring these concept using line, surface, point, dimensions and format etc. Something I found fascinating is how they all seem to follow a similar pattern. Starting with a point, that´s not actually a point but a surface. A line is multiple points put together in a row etc. A surface can be two lines that are lined up so that they don´t coincide with each other, or as three points that are not lined up. As we look at these it is interesting to see how it all seems to start, or involve, a single point or surface which then are build on to create something more.
One thing that really caught my attention when reading in this book is dimensions. It states that an object can have two dimensions as well as three, four or an infinite number. I am used to work more with two dimensional, and sometimes I use three dimensions, so even thinking about four dimensions is fascinating and even more so with infinite numbers of dimension.
The meaning of the word abstract is, according to the site vocabulary.com (http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/abstract), a non-material object, and it stands for something being detached. Usually it would be that something is not a part of reality, and when talking about abstract objects this means that the objects do not represent the reality. So we can then understand how there are some form of objects that is shaped using the point, lines, surfaces etc, in a way that is created by mankind and are therefore not a representation of reality. When looking at these objects, then, we can acknowledge interesting compositions and forms used without the need to figure out what it is. We might want to find something that it relates to, but I believe abstract objects helps us with creativity and imaginagion.
On the left side we have only one dot, called point. In the middle we can see how multiple points are lined up in a row, creating a line. On the right side there are three points that together creates a surface.
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Here are three examples of a two dimensional abstract objects, with the use of both surface and lines etc. We can see how they are playing with the different shapes and forms, without really showing any reality.
Here we can see another example of an abstract object, where it is playing a lot with lines, points and surface. It is using more than the two dimensional, compared to the picture above, it looks like there´s even more than three dimensions.
An abstract object that is a “real life” object. It is also using surface and volume in three dimensions.
source of picture: http://www.artunlimited.com/webcontent/fullsize/A/A9/A9211.jpg