Three objects were chosen for this assignment: a bed, a toothbrush, and a wall clock. They are an integral part of everyday life because everyone needs to sleep, to brush their teeth, and to know the time. Although they are not considered to be extraordinary, it might be interesting to study how elements of art and principles of design are applied in relation to these objects.
Lengthy horizontal lines and normal proportions of the bed imply calm because this place is connected to sleep (Frank, 2009). Being placed in the depths of the room, far away from the light, it is characterized by low-key value. The bed is made of wood, which explains natural color and natural textures. Repetition of color and texture creates unity and gives a soothing effect. Geometric rectangle shape is consistent with the law of symmetry.
A vertical thin line of the toothbrush standing in a cup symbolizes stability of this everyday ritual (Frank, 2009). This object was made using secondary colors, such as green. The toothbrush may also be characterized by geometric shape, smooth plastic texture, and high-key value. Repetition of small white details consisting of short lines creates a pattern, but in contrast to the main green line variety is reached. The toothbrush is symmetrical and its proportions are normal.
Smooth contour lines and changing value of the wall clock symbolize the flow of time. The shape is geometric, the main textures are plastic and glass. The chosen color is a primary one, which creates emphasis and catches the eye with its brightness. Small black details make unity, but, as they are surrounded by a large red circle, the object may be characterized by variety. The clock is an example of radial balance, and its proportions are normal.
Objects such as a bed, a toothbrush, and a wall clock are used so often that we have gotten used to them and do not pay attention to their visual appearance. However, studying characteristics of these objects may help better understand elements of art and principles of design. It has been proved that the image of a simple object may be connected to its functions.
Frank, P. (2009). Prebles’ artforms: An introduction to the visual arts. Pearson/Prentice Hall.