American landscape constructions

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
William J. McClain (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Carl Goldstein

Abstract: This body of work is based on my observations of the American landscape. I want to make a coherent statement regarding the inherent beauty, both material and formal, of the rural American landscape. Both form and material should create a recognizable iconography of the landscape. The iconography derives from a selective process of observation and evaluation of the landscape. This process entails the following: 1. Observation from an automobile 2. Historical research dealing with landscape gardening and architecture 3. Personal horticultural experience 4. The use of memory in reconstructing images which result in the chosen form After after the evaluative process, I chose objects or places to serve as key reference points. Value as historical documentation of the American landscape and intrinsic aesthetic value served as criteria in making these choices. The choice of materials was self-conscious. I have incorporated into the body of work materials commonly used for both function and decoration in the landscape. By means of formal alteration and surface decoration, materials such as chain-link fencing, automobile tires, and sticks appear in a different context than normally viewed.

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Language: English
Date: 1978

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