About 601 Tully

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601 Tully is a center for engaged practice in Syracuse, NY developed by artist and professor Marion Wilson with a rotating collaborative team of 54 students and neighbors and Anda French of French 2Design. It's a site for meaningful exchange between artists, community members, and scholars in the co-production of culture.

601 Tully includes a contemporary art space, a public events space, a bookstore, a teaching garden, and Recess Cafe West.

In 2009, Wilson purchased the condemned two-story home and local drug hub, and throughout five semesters, Wilson's design/build class re-zoned, designed, renovated and now sustains the physical and programmatic aspects of 601 Tully. The collaborative team has consisted of artists, architects, environmentalists, Fowler High School students, Green Train Workforce, neighbors, and the occasional passerby.

601 Tully is made possible by the generous support of the Syracuse University School of Education, The Kauffman Foundation, The Near West Side Initiative, Imagining America, Home HeadQuarters Inc., Say Yes to Education, and National Grid.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

a few more, please tell me what works and doesn't work


  1. I spend a lot of time looking at negative space, and originally thought the shape in between the hole in the square six and the line for the one was actually a 7. Before I was cut off from continuing what I was trying to say in class...

    "Visual dissonance is defined as a state of psychological tension caused when one experiences a disparity between what one expects to see and what one actually sees. Our eyes see the world of art with a thousand expectations based on our personality and our cognitive structure (knowledge system). Sometimes those expectations are fulfilled, sometimes not. In the cases of the unfulfilled expectations, the viewer is required to resolve his or her tension, or simply to abandon the piece and consider another. An important part of human motivation is found in the dissonance reduction, in that people do not (normally) choose to live in a state of psychological tension. In psychological terms, such a state is aversive, to be avoided or resolved."

    So then the question is simply "Do we care if other people know what this is cause it's just a small graphic that pops up on literature where the letters define it's meaning, or should it be more representational & then the "viewer" (who ever that person is) says "nice image, looks just like 601 Tully"?

  2. Closure describes the perceptual tendency to fill in gaps or spaces which may exist in an incomplete visual pattern. Closure is experienced at the moment when a group of separate and disjointed shapes is suddenly understood as part of a larger visual form or recognizable subject. The realization is often so instantaneous that the new meaning seems unrelated to the preliminary study of the figure. As the viewers perceptual skills develop, fewer and fewer visual cues are required to achieve closure.