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Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2017

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

Restricted Access Thesis

Abstract

My works use stylized painting methods to represent the architectures of consumption, a reality flattened both literal and metaphorically. Through mechanical vision, the paintings explore, critique, and contemplate attitudes concerning consumerism and mass production; including the mechanization of the architectures of consumption, and how they reinforce habits. My works also portray the power of information transmission from unrevealed language and the painterly gesture that replaced the alphabet in non-places—a place, not a social or physical space, which lacks the traditional attributes of space.

The writing that follows provides a theoretical framework for the motives behind my practice. Fragmented and variant structures richly colored and textured figures and daily situations characterize my paintings, which are influenced by traditional genre painting and culture. Additionally, I place my work within the tradition of abstract painting, and compare and contrast my work with other artists, both historical and contemporary.

Language

English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Thesis Advisor

Richard Krueger

Committee Member

Buzz Spector

Committee Member

Jamie Adams

Committee Member

Bruno David

Artist's Statement

My works use stylized painting methods to represent the architectures of consumption, a reality flattened both literal and metaphorically. Through mechanical vision, the paintings explore, critique, and contemplate attitudes concerning consumerism and mass production; including the mechanization of the architectures of consumption, and how they reinforce habits. My works also portray the power of information transmission from unrevealed language and the painterly gesture that replaced the alphabet in non-places—a place, not a social or physical space, which lacks the traditional attributes of space.

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