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

Abstract: The fourteen drawings and eight sculptures exhibited in this thesis show each are concerned with total image conveyance. Except for the largest drawing, each drawing is situated behind a window composed of from four to seven sheets of a frosted matte film. Depending on the number of sheets used and whether the window is placed tangent to the drawing or set away from it, the visual effect can range from that of a very thin glaze to that of a very thick, dense glaze. The window, then, dissembles detail and, along with it, draughtsmanship, forcing line and color to become subordinate to the total image itself, which Is the intent of my work. This is not to infer, however, that line or draughtsmanship, in becoming subordinate to the image, lose their own importance or function. On the contrary, the absolute clearness and precision of detail become requisite to the retention and comprehension of the Image through the translucence of the window. The sensation is rather like that of peering out Into a fog, being able to discern an image in the distance, but not being able to articulate that Image. In the drawings this sensation becomes most sensual, intriguing and, at the same time, frustrating for the viewer, who is subjected to a totally indirect communication of image. This is a purposed debarkation from the traditional direct relationship which for so long has existed between viewer and work.

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Language: English
Date: 1973

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