By: Laurie Schneider Adams
Visual talent includes the ability to see new ways to put
order into disorder, and to shape the environment.
The artist can make the leap, or transition from an object
to a symbol, to a formal echo, or to a visual metaphor.
Picasso’s Bull’s of 1943  constitutes a transition of this kind.
Parts of a manufactured “object,” the bicycle, reminded the artist
of skull and horns of a bull because of formal similarities.
Likewise, when Picasso replaced the face of a mother baboon with
a car , he made a witty visual connection between their shapes.
Both sculptures relate manufactured objects with nature, expanding
the layer of transition beyond purely formal considerations.
The contemporary Pop artist Claes Oldenburg uses visual metaphor
to evoke transitions between objects and feelings.
This particularly true of certain soft sculptures of manufactured
objects the nevertheless suggest human emotions or states of being.
Razi Ghaemmagham Farahani