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Where "line as movement" is curvilinear and softly dances across the page, "Obstacle Line" is angular, sharp and intense as it circumscribes the "obstacles" in the composition. These "obstacles" can be words, numbers, images, icons, etc. and are first collaged or painted on to the background. Since lines in this design close upon themselves, shapes are created.
There are a few rules to follow. The opposite of "line as movement", these lines never "blend" or touch each other. They are always parallel. They are as intricate in detail as their curvilinear cousin, depending upon the movement and alignments the designer conceives. The linear effect is like a maze and often results in op-art illusionary motions.
Obstacle line is simplistic in concept but complex in pattern. Like Line As Movement, the work is constantly being created and changed with each new parallel grouping. Many fine detailed line patterns can also be created by NOT connecting them in areas too small for a closed shape.
Try following some of the directions the angular lines move. Sometimes they will travel around the obstacles' contour or may only partially circumscribe it, allowing new parallel concepts to be inserted. Sometimes the beginning line aborts within another set of parallel lines, filling in a small aperture. In any case each addition is a new diversion and the end result is a very complex organization of sharp, determined and pleasing patterns of parallel, angular lines. With every student the experience is personal and very unique.