Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

by Schaefer, Justin W., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 11; 1499300
Abstract (Summary)

My paintings question the concept of the separation of mind and body. I produce paintings of abstracted bodies in ambiguous environments. The complex compositional structure, color enhancement and controlled paint handling heighten the sense of an elusive narrative. I orchestrate performances, photograph them, and turn the photographs into paintings. My work is influenced by the history of late twentieth century British painters, such as Francis Bacon, Jenny Saville and Lucian Freud. Contemporary artists such as Marylin Minter also influence my work. The writings of Antonin Artaud and Gilles Deleuze, however, inspire the most ambitious concepts central to my work. My work operates around the pivotal moment that exists between representation and abstraction. It is on all sides of the slippage point concerning what "is" and "is not" recognizable that my work functions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Grey, Jennifer J.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Art Criticism
Publication Number: 1499300
ISBN: 978-1-124-85797-8
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