Investigation of line in the abstract

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Grayson J.A. Bowen (Creator)
Institution
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://www.wcu.edu/404.asp
Advisor
Richard Tichich

Abstract: My creative research has been an investigation of how different characteristics of line quality convey emotions or feelings in purely abstract work. The line quality that is used in the figurative work of Frank Auerbach (Berlin, 1931) conveys a completely different energy from that of Sam Messer (American, 1955). When these linear elements are used, the figures hold different feelings based on the artist’s expression and method. The work of Jackson Pollock (American, 1912 – 1956) explores the same feelings that a line can create, but in a purely abstract work. I intend to further exercise how line can evoke different emotional reactions from the viewer in abstract forms. Studying how line can describe figurative drawings in different ways will continue to inform my method of abstract expression. Training myself to not only be a viewer of my work, but to understand how my feelings alter my work during the creative process will allow me recognize how the different emotional characteristics take form themselves in my work.

Additional Information

Publication
Thesis
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
Abstract, Automatism, Drawing, Expressionism, Form, Line
Subjects
Line (Art)
Drawing, American