Dichotomy of observation

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
David Loren Bass (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Andrew Martin

Abstract: The paintings and drawings constituting this thesis exhibition result from a contemplation and investigation of light and its properties. Working with traditional materials, such as oil on canvas, and with the traditional media of the landscape, the stillife, and the interior, I attempt to come to terms with the seemingly inconsequential properties of light as I perceive them. Through these perceptions, made manifest in paint, I reveal a personal ordering of the visual world. I also try to endow the light in these works with personal significance in which others may find meaning. My perception of the visual world determines the nature of the works. I begin with close study of each light situation, whether a simple object poised before a background, an expanse of an interior, or a landscape. This observation reveals a simultaneity occurring in my perception. Sometimes the observed light is a part of the objects themselves. It appears determined by surface texture and color in addition to size and placement in the field of light. This is especially true when I focus on the overall light situation. However, at other times, when I narrow on a specific area of the object or situation, the light becomes an element apart from the objects. It seems to float and hover around each object, dematerializing the form and creating a field of illuminated energy. The paintings and drawings in this thesis show reflect this dichotomy of observation.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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