Spatial dynamics in painting achieved through plane manipulation

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John Theodore Morgan (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gregory Ivy

Abstract: In order to understand the thesis, a clear definition of terms is necessary. The idea of space as considered by the artist may consist of two concepts. One might deal with the greatly expanded space revealed in our contemporary action and thought. The other is definitely limited to the painting surface, whereon a small segment of a world, imagined or real, may be presented; or, the immensity of a universe boldly suggested. The modern painter can use pure space of controlled size (the painting surface), to create space of vast dimensions if he chooses. Or, as one critic, Aaron Berkman, says, "The canvas, too, is space. Within itself it is infinite; and the painter is a creator in the picture-space universe."1

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Language: English
Date: 1953

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