An interpretative essay concerning six works of art

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Walton Burton James (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gilbert Carpenter

Abstract: The exhibited thesis paintings are intended to communicate a maximum amount of information to the viewer as quickly as possible and then hold his attention. I hope to achieve this immediacy in the design by first organizing simplified analogous shapes placed side by side that later may evolve into an underlying and disguised, large scale rhythmical pattern. However, to hold the viewer's attention involves the intrinsically difficult problem of establishing a balance between variety and unity. The variety may be represented in the manipulation of the full range of elements that exists, including simulated texture, hieractic values, chorded hues, as well as the geometric patterning. Color unity is established by Munsell and Ostwall's color systems, but the harmoniously exact proportioning of shapes is formulated by the studies of Maitland Graves, Gunnar Goude, and Inga Hjortzberg. In the design, then, geometric and algebraic computations are a means of establishing the placement of positive and negative shapes along with the aesthetically "felt" judgement. Written data is frequently left on the painting surface, in the actual problem-solving venture, creating a subtle, elaborate, and enriched surface on a small scale.

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Language: English
Date: 1978

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