UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
William Martin Holloway (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Walter Barker

Abstract: The work presented in this thesis consists of three large, free-standing shaped paintings, one large shaped painting that is wall hung, and several models for proposed works. The paintings are figurative. Shape is determined partly by the contour of the human figure and partly by elements of the surrounding environment. A diagonal edge may suggest perspective. A straight edge may simply cut off a portion of landscape. The adopted structural solution is the hinging and angular extension of the shaped panels so that they become free-standing. The viewer is involved with the actual space occupied by the paintings and with the implied, or illusionistic space created by the painted surface. The illusion of space is used to create a mood or environment for the figures. The figures themselves engage in no obviously purposeful activities. The viewer is challenged to find meaning in a mundane activity or attitude which is given unexplained importance by visual articulation. The unexplained quality of the spacial juxtapositions and of the images suggests an enigmatic element of poetry that I feel is essential to my work. This grows out of a personal response to the environment. The problem that I have set is to give meaningful visual definition to this response.

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Language: English
Date: 1970

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