Portland State University. Department of Art
James S. Hibbard
Term of Graduation
Date of Publication
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Painting, Rectangles, Assemblage (Art)
1 online resource (2, 20 pages)
The thesis consisted of a series of paintings in which the canvases were individually painted in a predetermined way, then arranged and assembled more spontaneously in a final wall construction. Narrow limitations, such as working with only horizontal and vertical compositions and contrasting colors were specified. By working within a method or procedure, and by remaining strict to these guidelines, the ideas inherent in the paintings emerged and were then promoted.
The dominant ideas that developed out of the process of making the paintings were the use of both "found" shapes--found in leftover lengths of support material--and "found" means of dividing the canvas, found in statistical information culled from current events in the newspaper. Also, the idea of unifying the painting with contrasting shapes, colors, surfaces, and values arose out of the process.
The actual results of the painting process became clearer during the "spontaneous assembling of the paintings." The final wall constructions were made by arranging the individual canvases in different configurations and then mounting them on the wall. After the paintings went to the wall, possibilities for alteration and how they interacted with the wall could be seen.
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Shiogi, Ann, "Connected Painted Rectangles Experiments in Quantitative Shape and Contrasting Elements" (1992). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4670.