Eight paintings

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Charles Monroe Hill (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Walter Barker

Abstract: The thesis show consists of a series of eight paintings dealing with the spatial ambiguities within a composition, and their interaction with the observer. The media is acrylic on canvas with the exception of one painting, Window Shades, in which silver nitrate emulsion is used to facilitate the photographic printing process used in the painting. The paintings are initially approached from the standpoint of establishing a foreground-background spatial relationship in the composition. These area delineations are reinforced for the viewer through the use of two contrasting visual languages. The foreground is established as the frontal plane in a perpendicular relationship to the viewer. It is rendered as a very shallow space, close to the viewer, and presents a familiar context, easily identified by the participant observer. Architectural boundaries associated with this established plane are used as interrupters which provide access through the plane. These devices being objects such as a door or window, allow the viewer to proceed through the picture plane and into the space behind. Other architectural devices, a chair rail for example, may interrupt the frontal plane, but as to whether or not access through the plane is achieved is left slightly ambiguous. The observer is free to manipulate these spatial ambiguities.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1974

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