Open Research: A Visual Guide to Essay Writing.
WHAT IS A VISUAL ESSAY? A visual essay can be an entirely visual piece or it can combine image and writing. The length of these essays varies (usually between 6 and 12 pages). A visual essay can focus on any social or political aspect of visual communication, it can be a response to the visual work of others, a commentary on visual processes, ideas, and so on. The visual element of the essay.
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Shozo Shimamoto was a Japanese artist, a co-founder of Gutai group and one of the most daring and independent experimentalists of the postwar. Born in Osaka, Japan in 1928, Shozo Shimamoto attended Kansui Gakuin University and graduated in 1950. The artist is best-known for his contributions to the influential Gutai Art Group and the development of the mail art movement.
Constructivismes - (A visual essay) originated with a specific interest in the rare geometric drawings of Russian Supremacist Kazimir Malevich from 1914 through 1917. Malevich was an activist for a new visual environment to bring about a change in perception. His revolutionary style left an indelible impact on the future of art. Following Malevich the artists of the Constructivist movement.
In Japan, in 1954, a group of young artists formed the Gutai Movement of Concrete Art. The group were well aware of Pollock’s paintings and process through Namuth’s images and were inspired by the idea of action painting, but sought to bring the action to the fore 'painting actions, not action painting'. By 1956, Jiro Yoshihara produced a manifesto for the movement.
Gutai art does not change the material but brings it to life. Gutai art does not falsify the material. In Gutai art the human spirit and the the material reach out their hands to each other, even though they are otherwise opposed to each other. The material is not absorbed by the spirit. The spirit does not force the material into submission. If one leaves the material as it is, presenting it.
Takesada Matsutani is a Japanese, contemporary, mixed-media artist born on January 1, 1937 in Osaka, Japan. He was a member of the Gutai group from 1963 to the dissolution of the group in 1972. His well-known work involves a technique of blowing a gust of air into a puddle of vinyl wood glue, creating bulges, bubbles, and drips, then covered by patient strokes of graphite pencil.