Figure fragmentation

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Rebecca Humphrey Hawkins (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Andrew Martin

Abstract: The thesis consists of fourteen paintings exhibited Mav 2 through May 9, 1971 in Weatherspoon Gallery. The thesis paintings are part of an evolution that started seven years ago with an interest in drawing figures. Unlike the thesis paintings, the entire surfaces of the paintings were covered with thin, vivid colors and much linear detail. Overlapping stains of bright acrylic color were used on raw or sized canvas usually approximately 36" x 40" in size to depict figure groups in more crowded compositions than in the thesis paintings. Cubist and Futurist works by artists such as Robert Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, and Pablo Picasso have affected the fracturing of the image and use of movement patterns in the thesis works. The repeat element and interest in multiples in several of the paintings has coincided with much looking at and drawing from Eadweard Muybridge's The Human Figure, in Motion1 and other chronographs popular at the time of Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase." The ancient Greek kore and kouros stance has appealed to me as a pose because of its verticality and frontality. An attempt has been made to contradict, this contained, rigid stance by a rhythmic treatment in the two forward advancing figure paintings in the thesis show.

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Language: English
Date: 1971

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