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

Abstract: The objects which surround us in our everyday existence form a part of humanity's universal experience and are just as relevant to us as corresponding objects were to our ancestors. The object that I have chosen to render is a chair, defined by both a strong, directional light and its containment in the corner of a room. I have rendered it in a Paynes gray wash, using watercolor as my medium. The chair and its shadow are clearly defined objects in an otherwise unoccupied space and seem to maintain an isolated existence of their own. Previous artists such as Rembrandt, Goya, Van Gogh and Cezanne have concerned themselves with the representation of objects, and evolved a symbolism for the still life which went beneath the surface of the objects represented. In the manner of these artists, Georgio de Chirico also explored the metaphysical nature of objects. "The Sacred Fish" illustrates this through the use of precisely defined textural surfaces, tilted planes, extensive shadows and architectural space used like a stage setting.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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