Configuration, Pattern, and Dimension

  • Lois Swirnoff
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How does color interact with form? The environment contains considerable examples and variations; visual transformation is common in nature and both purposeful and playful.


Degree Angle Medium Light Yellow Ochre Gray Medium Dimensional Color 
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    P. Stevens, Patterns in Nature. Those morphological features which repeat in na- ture—meanders, spirals, branching systems, fluid dynamics—are explained as the proper- ties of space-filling. Diverse forms are thus linked by their pattern-making propensites.Google Scholar
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    A. Portmann, Animal Forms and Patterns (New York Schocken Books, 1952). The Swiss zoologist maintains that surface pat- terning is a significant aspect of organic form. He argues that patterns exist, not sole- ly for functional reasons, but as the means by which organisms are differentiated. For example, he states that the interiors of ani- mals are organically similar; it is only on their surfaces that species are identified, and display individual characteristics. He places therefore, an intrinsic value on the surface.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lois Swirnoff
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  1. 1.Department of Art, Design, and Art HistoryUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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