Academic journal article Review of Artistic Education

10. Creativity and Innovation in Visual Arts through Form and Space Having Symbolic Value

Academic journal article Review of Artistic Education

10. Creativity and Innovation in Visual Arts through Form and Space Having Symbolic Value

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The diminution of the emotional emulation of the society has had significant consequences in the new globalization context occurring in the internet era. A particular form of "autism" has subjugated the society at the beginning of the 21st century and threw it in an abyss dictated by an artificial climate, false professionalism, distorted reasoning and a game of fierce and unfair competition. When tackling the issues of creativity and innovation one also deals with the symbolic value which reflects on form and space, a binomial with particular importance in Contemporary Visual Arts. Light and color proved insufficient when rendering the human universe, for instance on stage. The artists of the 20th century were especially fond of form. Its creation through generalizations conferred by the symbolic function has led to new morphological expressions, which subsequently reached out beyond the traditional boundaries of arts.

The contribution of certain form perception stimuli to stage space structuring (light, shadow, movement, color, material) is reflected in the fact that our imagination continues to complement with new elements, regardless of one's personal experience, the incomplete reference about the world around us, which is specific to all symbols. The aspects focused on are individualized as a consequence of the general approaches of the language issues in plastic arts and scenography. Under these circumstances, the stage representation of the image created by the theatre of animation has become a challenge both for the artist in charge of the scenographic component and for the audience. "The universalist - globalist spread and the specificity of zonal cultures [...] the relation between tradition and contemporaneousness, between the cultural model emergence areas and peripheries" (Titu, 2003, p. 5) may be one of the causes of different form approaches in the 21st century. The free expression of emotion cannot be encouraged and the aspiration to the total art ideal is completely unattainable in the absence of the concomitant development of the language means employed, under the umbrella of the dialogue between arts. The result may be a whole set of hermetic visions guided by eclectic obsessions, which influence artistic representations through form and space having symbolic value.


Light, shadow, movement, color and material are important for stage space structuring and dynamic image reception themes. They may be analyzed by case studies and the impact on the receiver from the symbolic point of view. In Virgil Petrovici's opinion, the constructive-plastic solutions inhabiting the theatre stage space are connected nowadays by the transition from the moment of "synthesis of the arts to the union of expression means specific to different languages, like the ones expressed by gesture, word, line, color, rhythm and others". The esthetician-philosopher Constantin Aslan is the author of an interesting and concise classification, which places an emphasis on the complex history of the various hypostases of the form. The same topic was dealt with by the Polish theoretician Wladyslaw Tatarkiewicz in his "History of Six Ideas". From the plastic-visual perspective, form55 is considered from a multitude of points of view and has undergone a series of transformations or adaptations to the period-specific manner in which space is perceived. The following distinction should be made between form and content: form89 is what outlines and content is what is spatially outlined and may be visually perceived, the matter from which forms are built or cast, with the functions and meanings assigned to it.

Exact Sciences like Physics and Astronomy, computer processing of images, anticipation, imagination and creativity specific to Visual Arts have an exceptional contribution to the description of space and of its constitutive forms. When referring to Space, one cannot rule out the theme of the evolution of the Universe and of our Solar System. …

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