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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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Born in Japan and based in New York, Chizuco sees the world in a way only she does, and paints in nonfigurative shapes and lines that viewers can interpret in a manner only they can.
Though classically trained in the fine arts and steeped for decades in the image-ridden world of advertising, the artist continually seeks refuge and finds aesthetic solace in the nonrepresentational realm, known as abstraction, nonobjective or nonfigurative art.
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.
While in Indonesia the ikat motifs are more often figurative, the Japanese style is more geometric, nonfigurative and lineal.
But in the most interesting pieces here, especially trap/TRAP and Reverse Bouquet, Paweski achieved a transformation of the materials in which pictorial, literal, and architectural readings are all viable as aspects of a mimetic, nonfigurative gestural language.
Comparably evocative emotional intensity infuses Victor Hugo's nonfigurative watercolour A Gothic Castle by a Lake, and the Finnish Esko Mannikko's 1994 chromogenic print of a solitary cabin in the snow, lit from within.
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 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.