Title

Dot Matrices

Semester

Fall

Date of Graduation

2007

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Type

MFA

College

College of Creative Arts

Department

Painting

Committee Chair

Alison Helm.

Abstract

My thesis work is the production and mapping of painterly space using particular methods of formal abstraction, in contrast with common pattern. I construct these paintings in several layers, embellishing gestural atmospheres with idiosyncratic shapes and patterns in alternating rhythms. My focus is on the development of improvisational processes, creating a less ceremonious context for the measure of abstract painting as an idea, a visual language, and as an autonomous object. My technique of mapping is established to consider a territory for a reformed autonomous identity that is in opposition to the pluralist excesses of the postmodern. This paper will address the painting processes I used in developing the work for the exhibition, Dot Matrices. I will also discuss other abstract painters with similar painting techniques and goals.

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