James L. Hansen

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Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Architecture

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1 online resource (64 p.)


Sculpture -- 20th century, Portland State University. School of Fine and Performing Arts




This thesis project consists of sixteen abstract sculptures. The material most often used is polyester resin. The work explores the emotive potential of the relationship between the organic forms and geometric spaces. The forms are derived from observing the environment, other current artists’ works, and the works of art history.

The sculptures generally divide into three groups. The first is composed of geometric and organic forms that are altered slightly so that aspects of each form reside in its opposite. The second group maintains a purity of organic and geometric elements. Here a balance is kept by weighing the visual strength of each form. The third is like the second except that the organic forms are easily recognized as human forms.

Color is used to alter the impact of a form. The whole body of work strives for an equilibrium between form and color.


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