Size has become one of the important factors that people look at whenever they think of acquiring a piece of art. Gigantism has become a big player in the world of art and in the art market. Many buyers of art have been heard making statements such as ‘big is the best’. Whenever they shop for a work of art, they go for big. Price is proportional to the size. The bigger the artwork, the higher its price is (Dutton, D. (2009).). Some people, however, insist that just because something is big, it is not good necessarily.
Across the vast history of art right from the Paleolithic period, pieces of art are used as modes of communication such as; painting of hunted animals like the technique of using dark lines to outline the animals contour. Size has been an apt pillar in the discourse of art holistically. This has been influenced by the fact that, any given piece of art is subject to human’s appeal to it. Human beings on the other hand, are dictated by aesthetics and beauty which are underpinned by size of these pieces of art too (Dutton, D. (2009).
Size matters in art. This due to the fact that, different pieces of art appeal to different tastes and preferences and people who are the prime consumerists of art equally are drawn to like or dislike pieces of art depending on their sizes. For example, a piece of art I love will have to be comparatively smaller compared to a piece of art in an electioneering campaign. This is because in an electioneering process, the target audience is comparatively large compared to a target audience in a love engagement who may desire privacy as well.
There are different tastes when it comes to what can be said to an appropriate size of a work of art (Richard, W, 1980). There are individuals who love small artworks and those who love the big sizes. Personally, I am in favor of the big size. Size carries with itself communication. As for me, the bigger the size, the clearer the communication the work of art conveys. When one goes visiting a historical/tourist site, they would want to take pictures of artworks and keep them for memory. Then, it would be very easy to have clear snapshots of the bigger artworks than those smaller in size.
In a museum for instance, one would want to view a piece of art from a distance and enjoy the sight without necessarily drawing closer and closer to it. Artworks in a museum have to be big enough and noticeable from afar. One should be able to discern a feature in a piece of art without necessarily being concerned by its small size and the distance (Robertson, J. & Craig, M. 2005). This is more so where there are so many things to be viewed, and it is common sense that you would move to each and every art in as museum and get done in a day.
Some pieces of art are smaller in contrast to other. This is as a result of the different purposes that they are intended to serve. The tiny ones have a unique feature that makes them serve their purpose more effectively. Features such as color are used to enhance them. They are most likely going to be placed in strategic positions to make it easy to see them, as opposed to the humongous ones that would still be seen even if not erected in strategic positions. Statues of ancient rulers of other influent people will always be made big and placed in positions where they catch eye the most in an art museum.
The size has am significant contribution to the piece of art per se. this is due to the fact that, the bigger the size, the more the attention of the targeted audience that it captures. The size of the piece of art is thence a paramount item in the doing any piece of art. In addition, the size dictates the fissionability. There those items on art that are pretty when kept in smaller sizes whistle, there are others that are preferable in extra ordinary sizes.
Moreover, the same size can mean different things at different times and the message being conveyed. This is as a result of the fact that, size will influence individual’s interpretations. It is the people interpretations that will enable them appreciate or discard any given piece of art.
Similarly, the size of the image affects its appeal to the target audience. A big and an expansive piece of art in any gallery or even in a museum can move a given group of people. For instance, language used by the prehistoric people lacked literary form. Instead pictographs were used. Sometimes pictures were also used as symbols in communication. Even in the co temporal world, different pictures are used by varied people who speak diverse languages to communicate. In order to make this communication effective, the size of the images must be taken into account.
This is out of the fact that, there are those who are easily carried away by expansive pieces of art. Moreover, large scale painting appeals to people who would wish to behold them or even hang them in narrow hall ways so that they can enjoy and appreciate them each rising day and moments when they pass by.
It is reasonable to allude to the fact that, the nature and the size of any given piece of art affect people taste and preference to it. This is drawn from the notion that each human species is unique and is of a kind (Steve, M. (1999).). This influences their perception and preferences. Given the history of human development, the early man used painting and drawing for communication among other purposes. The sizes were dictated by a variety of techniques. For example, painting on religious cave had to be distinct in size to painting on how to hunt.
There are those who are swayed away by pieces of art that are large enough for them to behold. On the contrary, there are those who have prejudice against the large images and other works of art and instead they are more taken away by preferably smaller items of art per se (Steve, M. (1999).).
Let us take examples of the works of art in the ancient near east. Sculpture of what is believed to be Inanna’s head is made sizeable. The size shows the importance carried by the picture. Influential people of the ancient times have art of their images made big enough to communicate the influence of that individual among the people in the community within which it’s found.
We also see the sense of size in the works of Andy Warhol. He has an art gallery, containing an assortment of works of art. It contains among other things, the Monet haystacks of the ancient times (1890)
Dutton, D. (2009). The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution. New York: Bloomsbury Press. pp. 133-148
Richard, W (1980). Art and its objects, p.1, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521- 29706-0
Robertson, J. & Craig, M. (2005): Themes of Contemporary Art, Visual Art after 1980, pp 16- 84. Oxford University Press.
Steve, M. (1999). The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and Science.