Construction series

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

Abstract: Construction Series, three through eleven consists entirely of planar compositions. In each work the plane is seen as a force acting upon the planes it intersects. The planes can be seen as "fragments", or "moments of force" because the character of the straight plane is formal and suggests continuity. In essence, these planes expand continually outward. This feeling of expansion is enhanced by the fact that the planes extend far beyond the limits of the central ground plane that exists parallel to the wall. In each work, two separate networks of primarily opposing forces are created. The directional forces of one network may be horizontal or vertical, while the other network is oblique at a forty-five degree angle to that direction. The expressive quality of the oblique can be felt in each composition. These seem to cross the ground plane with much more force and implied movement than their more stable horizontal or vertical counterparts. This movement is more apparent in the compositions with many oblique planes. Similarity of direction forms these planes into a visual unit in which each plane seems to cross the composition simultaneously. The width of the planes remains constant. The uniformity of the single-width plane is overcome by variation in length, direction, location and color.

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Language: English
Date: 1973

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