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Visual Meaning

I introduced my Design One class to the work of Richard Serra today. He has a list of verbs that he has developed and he aims to enact the verbs in his work.


We had a warm up sketch session and then I asked them to see if they could translate the same idea onto a larger scale and by using yarn and pins. We went around the room to see if people could identify what each "sketch" meant. And we decided to ask the interwebs to also review the work. Below are some of the verbs on his list.


Can you tell what each of these images represent? Please post in the comments.


to roll

to crease

to fold

to store

to bend

to shorten

to twist

to dapple

to crumple

to shave

to tear

to chip

to split

to cut

to sever

to drop

to remove

to simplify

to differ

to disarrange

to open

to mix

to splash

to knot

to spill

to droop

to flow

to curve

to lift

to inlay

to impress

to fire

to flood

to smear

to rotate

to swirl

to support

to hook

to suspend

to spread

to hang

to collect

to grasp

to tighten

to bundle

to heap

to gather

to scatter

to arrange

to repair

to discard

to pair

to distribute

to compliment

to enclose

to surround

to encircle

to hole

to cover

to wrap

to dig

to tie

to bind

to weave

to join

to match

to bond

to hinge

to mark

to expand

to dilute

to light

to stretch

to bounce

to erase

to spray

to refer

to force

to continue


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Taken on January 24, 2011