On April 9th, 2017, I visited Alfred University’s Ceramic Art Museum to see Core Sample: Additional Findings – an exhibition outlining the historical timeline associated with ceramic art. Showcasing artwork produced by international ancestors as well as local artists, this gallery shows off a multitude of perspectives and emphasizes the element of depth.
In Allusians of Reality: Arrangement 1, Hannah Thompsett uses shape and texture to convey a false sense of depth unto a flat object. Fiberglass and aluminum both contribute to the 2D illusion. In several ways, we can relate this certain features within an HTML document.
Our body’s background is essentially two-dimensional. We may sometimes create an illusion of depth throughout its contents, aiding to our website’s overall appeal. In its true essence however, we are simply instilling 2D elements within a document. Glancing at these rectangles from a distance, I hadn’t anticipated crumpled paper taking up geometric forms. Once altering my perspective, I realized that it was aluminum being smushed between two sheets of fiberglass. This composition resembles the raster screens we lay our eyes on every time we open our laptop lids or power on our phones. Depth, while it can be further brought about through parallax, is illusionistic in its digital presentation.
Layered in nature, untitled|wall, produced by Brian Caponi, plays upon the z-index of a page. Here we can see five or six layers of hooped porcelain configured in a rectangular surface. We know that, like parallax, we can manipulate viewers’ perceptions of depth by distancing space between what comes first on the z-axis. This work is a great representation of that.
Unlike Allusians of Reality: Arrangement 1, this work utilizes real, living depth. It acts as a sequence of perforated blankets losing clarity the further back they go. Similarly, a webpage attains these same attributes, and I will need to keep these relationships in mind when developing my web aesthetic.
Depth is everything when you consider what it does for the viewer. It can make or break the appeal of a website. Sometimes you’re approach may be in-your-face and confrontational – and in other moments, you may want to give your user space with great depth. Both aforementioned artists allow us to reestablish our preconceptions about depth through fairly simplistic demonstrations. Each piece brings to light the efficiency of maintaining strong texture habits that ultimately benefit web design.