16th - 17th February: Tate Modern, Bankside Gallery & V&A

Today marked the beginning of my research for Unit 7. I have chosen the theme of the Rule of Three, but in general, order and the ways in which people find order in their lives when in fact it is all just chaos. In a way, this project will hopefully be able to analyze the different ways in which people respond to the chaos in the universe. 

I visited the Tate Modern’s permanent collection today and found that the beginning research for this project was very difficult to find in terms of practitioners. Especially if it is dealing with the Rule of Three in general. I examined different aspects of the work at Tate Modern, from different methods of creating work to the way which order could be found. First off, I found that if I wanted to find three in things, I could find it easily, whether it was intentional or not, which only asserted by proposal idea more, that we try to find meaning in everything. 

I chose to do the Rule of Threes because I found it to be interesting that a similar rule found itself across maths, science, literature and religion. I researched into the Rule of Three in general and found myself to be more interested in the more literature and visual part of it. Threes have been noted to make things more interesting, smoother, and persuasive and is only used in speeches or writing. The Rule of Thirds is also a rule in composition, splitting the composition into nine areas and composing a picture along those lines proves to provide a far more pleasing composition than one that is not. I found that this all tied together when I was looking at some Russian propaganda posters in the Tate Modern. A lot of the images were very balanced and along the lines of the Rule of Three composition which I’m guessing makes it more pleasing for the eye and more persuasive which is the purpose of the poster.

While coming out of the Tate Modern, I passed by the Bankside gallery and took a look inside as well. While not a lot of the works were relevant towards order, it was very interesting to note down the different methods of creating images. This gallery included a lot of different types of print making and I found that I really enjoyed the analog feel of them and would like to explore it further on in this project if I can. One which I particularly liked was Steven Hubbard’s House of Cards. 

I also visited the Victoria and Albert Museum. However because of the giant crowds, I wasn’t able to gain access into the Science Museum or the Natural History Museum. The V&A didn’t provide me with a lot of information which I could find relevant to my project. However, as we were passing by the stained glass section of the V&A, Suki gave me some history on stained glass art which she learnt in her A-Levels. I learnt that in terms of religious stained glass art, they usually came in threes which I am assuming is the shorted amount of panels needed to tell a story. This reminded me of the story telling arc which also comes in three parts, the beginning, conflict, and resolution. I should research more into things that come in threes. 

After starting my research, I’ve come to realise that this topic of the Rule of Three is going to be very broad and difficult to research. I think I will need to try my best to try and research areas in which three play into as best that I can, and then focus in one area which I find to be most interesting and has the most potential.


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