nonfigurative


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nonfigurative

(ˌnɒnˈfɪɡərətɪv)
adj
1. (Linguistics) (of language) not figurative; literal
2. (Art Terms) (of art) not representing actual or natural objects or realities; abstract
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Adj.1.nonfigurative - not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of naturenonfigurative - not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature; "a large abstract painting"
nonrepresentational - of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature
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Yet it could, for instance, be argued that Kanaga's and Rossi's predilection for aniconic, nonfigurative art in a late modernist abstract style may have more in common with a Protestant than with a Catholic sensibility.
Its interior was stuffed with a projector and slides (of Schwartz's own nonfigurative paintings), a ripple tank, a Singer sewing-machine motor, and colored lights.
At times, students are faced with a nonfigurative or abstract concept they difficult to articulate concisely or through visual representations.
Especially productive are the chapter's discussion of the role of space in graphic novel, including the presentation of temporal relationships via the spaces of the page and also the functioning of places or spatial environments as character-like beings in their own right; its emphasis on how graphic novels (and graphic narratives more generally) engage in characterization by foregrounding agents' bodies and more specifically their faces; and its account of graphic novels that rely on abstraction, or nonfigurative modes of representation, to raise questions about the problems and possibilities of narrative itself.
The one nonfigurative piece on show here is a Dear John-style letter (attributed to artist Roy Samaha).
Therefore, if artists of that time dabbled in animation--as the eclectic Beat Generation figure Harry Everett Smith (1923-91) did--the results were likely to be both low in production values and nonfigurative in imagery.
Caesar, he argues, performs the Globe as a house of spectacle, but finally undercuts the supernatural associations of the storm by anchoring its effects in the expressly human, while Tempest avoids the visual but startles with the use of sounds uncommon for the Blackfriars, using language in the storm scene that is unusually realist and nonfigurative, only revealing the supernatural agency of the storm through the poetic artifice that enters the play in the voice of Miranda.
In Fernando's work, the act of "undressing" Sabel constitutes a deliberate artistic assault on the now revered image, even as the pointedly nonfigurative geometric forms might suggestively aspire toward another classic subject in art, the nude.
In pictorial abstraction, religion's primary truth-statements assume a nonfigurative perceptivity that is more universally comprehensible than what is portrayed in concrete pictorial imagery.
Conceptual, nonfigurative art found a strong following in the art world, if not always with average Americans, at least at first.
Manuscripts produced there combined script with both nonfigurative decoration and figurative paintings.
In their interpretations of her nonfigurative paintings, reviewers frequently infused contemporary notions of gender and gendered stereotypes.