The attitudinal and physical relationships of man to the motorcycle as a problem in painting

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John Benjamin Fox (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Andrew Martin

Abstract: I am presenting in my paintings the figurative elements of man and motorcycle as a series of juxtapositions. Each painting is composed of two panels: one depicting some aspect of man; the other providing some view of the machine. I have examined man and motorcycle with an eye for those qualities which I felt best related them in attitude or physical similarities. They are not to be necessarily related to each other in function, as wheel to leg or foot or handlebar to hand, but quite frequently to depict unrelated functional configurations. Concern for what either subject is doing has no place in my painting. The subjects are merely "things" to be inspected as one might do with museum articles whose functions are unknown or unimportant; but which might have physical qualities which produce an element of interest. The motorcycles of the paintings are not "working models"; you are not to read them as such. You would be hard put to identify precisely the mechanical aspects of the machine found in the paintings, because a precise blueprint of this was not my intention at all.

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Language: English
Date: 1970

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