Sidewalk rubbings : a study in flatness

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Dennis Ray Anderson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Walter Barker

Abstract: Important in the consideration of my work 1s the concept of flatness—"Havlng an even and horizontal surface, or nearly so, without marked prominence or depressions; level and smooth, lying at full length, or spread out upon the ground; level with the around or earth," is the way Webster defines "flat." The interest in flatness is derived from the personal moral conclusion that three dimensional space existing on a two dimensional area is illusionistic. After an extended study of "flatness" in painting ranging in size from 3' x 4', I increased the painting sizes to 10' x 25' to eliminate the spatial consideration of the wall by creating the wall. The increase in size and scale appeared to make me more aware of the wall. The conclusion made was that the wall itself was a spatial statement, existing quite arbitrarily in the traditional panoramic space. Sky space represents the same unending, boundless void, that exists in the panoramic space. It was then concluded that ground space is different from the other two types of space. The ground space is physically occupied and concrete.

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Language: English
Date: 1972

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