Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Knowing the familiar
by Harrison, Adam B., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 13; 1517641
Abstract (Summary)

My Master of Fine Art thesis exhibition is a group of paintings and drawings expressing the aesthetic value of places familiar to me. The work encompasses several urban landscapes and industrial interiors around Los Angeles. Painting on location allowed me to work from direct observation, slowly and methodically recording what I saw. Meticulous measurements based off sight-sizing techniques were crucial to the precise depiction of my subjects. Due to the long duration of the painting process, the passing of time resulted in the subtle shift of light and color presenting the challenge of rendering the ever changing atmosphere. This documentation of change added life, energy and history to the work. One might notice the absence of activity within my urban compositions; there are no people, no cars, and no apparent animation. The viewer is calmed by the feeling of stillness, taking refuge in the tranquility of the scene, and invited to contemplate the mysteries of that specific place.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cretara, Dominic
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Publication Number: 1517641
ISBN: 978-1-267-46043-1
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