Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
Restricted Access Thesis
This Thesis is an exploration of the transitional materiality of our constructed environment. The works of art are placed in a nexus of experiences. My position in life as a married thirty-five-year-old white male artist is the hub of these phenomena. The work has a unique relationship to the environment in which it is displayed. Though I feel less than unique, my experience in a constructed environment is similar to the relationships between art objects and their environments. I discuss the use of multi-panel and multi-media displays to create unique installations of recurring configurations of grouped objects to fill designated space. Found objects, chalk-line, plywood, power cords and spray paint are the building blocks to house and transform the sounds of audio; often multiple recordings playing simultaneously from reused speakers. My commentary on humor and power show expound on the tenuous relationship of the audio and the crumbling remnants of wall. The mark making on the façades of the plywood substrates simulate the commonly proliferated art object 'the painting'. Historical anthropology’s idea of the 'bundle' orients the groupings of objects as clustered traces of the artist. I associate social and cultural aspects of subjective reception of art to the constructed environment that activate and enliven those objects. By working with found materials and humble objects in a layering of technologies and time base media I create dynamic installations of object groups and perspectival relationships. I work in sequences of incomplete multiples that are dependent on the everyday life world of common mid-western American culture.
Program Director's Department
Sam Fox School of Art & Design
Clough, Garrett J., "Disposition" (2016). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 70. https://doi.org/10.7936/K7BC3WTS.