Works on paper

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Michael Gary Dodson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Peter Agostini

Abstract: My thesis exhibition consists of drawings and collages that are large works on paper and deal with observed and assimilated structures in an investigation of tension-producing, geometrically invented closures. About 10-15 drawings; biggish. The smallest, 16" x 22"; most 40" x 30"; three or four big. The smallest size was selected for control of medium, of gesture, of proportion. The middle size was selected because I am most comfortable with it: I can feel its size, can feel a more one-to-one encounter in an approach. I can feel my space. The large size was selected also in terms of the feeling of confrontation: it is a little larger than I, also for the special presence of the work and also for the challenge of maintaining control of a large area with my touch. But mainly because a large work like that can have a composition that results from a number of smaller compositions—like microcosms in a macrocosm. My choice of paper: I am drawn to paper because of its accessibility. It is easy to get, and with it the maximum number of technical barriers are eliminated. (I don't want to be a slave to technique.) Moreover, it picks up, is responsive to, the touch. In sum, it is to me the medium closest to my fingertips. My choice of papers in terms of color: before my last show, the color of the paper represented the highest value, and the colors applied to it were graduated down in value from that. I felt limited by the fact that color was dictated by the paper, so now I try all kinds of colors.

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Language: English
Date: 1977

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