Date of Award

Spring 5-2015

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author Department/Program

Graduate School of Art

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art

Degree Type

Thesis

Abstract

Abstract

The writing that follows is intended to provide a theoretical framework for the motives behind my practice. The primary concerns addressed are the reception, transmission, and physical shape of knowledge. I will discuss a human condition that exists as a byproduct of both the legacy of representation as well as the innate biology of the brain. I will argue that as a society we are governed by the residue of an extreme logic, and that this condition places severe margins on our potential for creative solutions. I will propose that our ability to create meaning is stifled by the nature of representation itself—and that the overwhelming presence of logic in the mind fosters an unfavorable environment for radical ideas to occur. Through focusing on the limitations of language and habits of the mind topics will explore my work, and the role of art, as a site for the emergence of an unconventional kind of relearning.

Language

English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Committee Member

Arny Nadler

Committee Member

Arny Nadler

Committee Member

Robin VerHage-Abrams

Committee Member

Brandon Anschultz

Artist's Statement

Eric Lyle Schultz, MFA Visual Art 2015, was born in Portland, OR. He received a Bachelors in Visual Art with a minor in Contemporary Art History in 2009, and a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Oregon in 2010. He currently lives and works in the desert. His work takes thematic shape by using the desert as a metaphor for both an austere yet mystifying location, as well as a definition for a kind of pacing. His focus is on the slow emergence of a strange environment, which occurs when the physical and symbolic properties of material coalesce into a virtual encounter with presence. His installations are auto-poetic systems that oscillate between logic and fantasy, emphasizing the gap between the grammar and anatomy of representation.

Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.7936/K7D21VSP