Painting on the Edge
When creating an image it feels natural to design the composition so that the subject is in the center of the picture. Accelerate! artist Eduardo Corral, however, did the exact opposite when he placed his sports car zooming off the side. Yet,Corral still creates visual pathways that guide the viewer when looking at his picture, For example, the dandelion stalk blows in the wind,leading our eyes to the sports car as it speeds out of view
Billy Morrow Jackson also uses this technique in his painting Thawville. Here a twisted and falling down fence meanders its way towards a house- the sole sturdy feature in a flat, barren landscape. In front of the house stands a boy with a bicycle, and a girl. What is the subject of the painting? The chatting couple? The house? The vast expanse of the American plains? One of the great advantages of this type of composition is the ambiguity it allows. While the artist still directs the eye and creates a unified composition, the seeming lack of a central feature lets us second guess ourselves, and to think more deeply about the image.
Take another look at Eduardo Corral’s VROOOOOM!
What do you think is the main feature of the picture? The dandelion or the car?