Weems Gallery and Framing

How art improves your memory - Part 2

Art Depicts Words Used in Visual Ways

If you’ve been to an art gallery lately, you’ve undoubtedly seen how modern artists use words. Pop artists use comic strips. Futurists made a big deal out of typefaces. You don’t even have to enter an art gallery to see words used in graffiti on nearly every street in your city.

Looking at art and paying attention to how artists use words is especially great for inspiring how you can use your visual imagination to memorize foreign language vocabulary and phrases. Next time you’re in an art gallery, pay particular attention to how words appear in the exhibits.

At Weems, we represent around 200 artist.  Everywhere you look, you will find something different and unique.  For instance, artist Ron Lohrding uses the Fibonacci Sequence in creating his glass sculptures.

Artists recognized that the Fibonacci Spiral is an expression of an aesthetically pleasing principle – the Rule of Thirds. This is used in the composition of a picture; by balancing the features of the image by thirds, rather than strictly centering them, a more pleasing flow to the picture is achieved. 

What exactly is the Fibonacci Sequence?

Simply put, it’s a series of numbers:

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610…

The next number in the sequence is found by adding up the two numbers before it. The ratio for this sequence is 1.618. This is what some people call ‘The Divine Proportion’ or ‘The Golden Ratio’.

When you make squares out of those values, it makes a nice-looking spiral.