Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

by Merritt, Summer, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 9; 1486346
Abstract (Summary)

I take a both/and approach to art making by using both abstract and representational forms with minimal structures and decorative elements. Working from the philosophies of William Morris and Kazimir Malevich, I seek to elevate viewer's physical and phenomenological experience.

Recognizing how Minimalists utilized scale, I physically arranged, and built around the freestanding architectural walls in the gallery to create a monumental object. The grand scale of the work allowed the object to also be experienced by the viewer as an installation space. The decorative details within the work created a tension between the intimate and the overwhelming experience of the work, reinforcing the ideas of my exhibit Both/And.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Crockett, Bryan
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: Original artwork
Publication Number: 1486346
ISBN: 978-1-124-24784-7
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