Portland State University. Department of Art and Architecture
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
1 online resource (35 p.)
Art -- Abstract, Painting -- American
This thesis project consists of seven pairs of acrylic paintings on canvas. The compositions are arrangements of flat, straight-edged, geometric shapes. The entire surface of each is considered positive, and each shape has a structural relationship to the framing edge of the canvas. Color ideas and surface qualities vary from pair to pair. The works were paired for the sake of (A) emphasizing the object quality of the canvases and their flat, wall-like surfaces, (B) diminishing the immediacy of any single image so that the viewer's attention tends to be focused on the whole rather than on parts, and (C) allowing variations on a theme to be made.
These paintings refer to nothing outside themselves. The content of the works resides in their formal equilibrium.
Johnson, Anne Griffin, "Seven Pairs" (1973). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1595.