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Clarke, Karina (1994) Master of Fine Art submission. Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

TO REDEFINE THE CLASSICAL LANGUAGE OF FURNITURE IN THE CONTEXT
OF OUR CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY.
"Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity,
the dread of doing what has been done before."
EDITH WHARTON
An investigation of the classical language of furniture will- enable me to understand
the social and cultural implications of style, through the study of forms, materials,
and details expressed in selected furniture pieces. I will redefine classical language by
translating these ideas into a modern context, using technology to explore the
different possibilities and uses within our cultural environment.
I will begin my research with the Neo Classical period which can be traced from
approximately 1750 to 1850. Neo Classicism became the first international style,
influencing design from St Petersburg to Virginia, and strongly influencing the modern
movement, both intellectually and visually.
"It was inspired by the recent archaeological discoveries in Greece and Rome, by the rational ideas
of the Enlightenment and the resulting notions of 'apparent utility' developed by Laugier, and the
rejection of Baroque and Rococo forms in favour of simple geometrics, largely rectilinear shapes
derived from antique sources."
Fontana dictionary of Modern Thought
I am particularly attracted to Biedermeier furniture, with its simple lines and pure
forms. The technical and design brilliance of this furniture are apparent by both the
visual ease of the forms and the ease with which this furniture can be incorporated
into a diverse range of interiors.
Within this century large developments have been made in the area of consumer
design. Furniture design however, has suffered at the hands of economic rationalism,
with a design mindset devoid of organic flowing forms. It is emotionless - lacking a
connection with human qualities that give furniture a presence and soul in an environment. A cultural void has been created with contempory furniture 'design' the
exclusive domain of 'designer set' clientele. Very little of contempory design advances
filter through to the masses.
I believe the 90's to be a time to challenge many thoughts and ideas that the 20th
century has created.
from past generations the moderns have inherited two things, as Hugo von
Hofmansthal observed: fine antique furniture and hypersensitive nerves. "In furniture
there is all that draws us to the past and in our nerves the drama of the presents
doubts."
THE HISTORY OF INTERIOR DECORATION
BY MARIO PRAZ
PUBLISHED THAMES & HUDSON
My research may take me into the abstract allowing me the freedom to create designs
from a variety of sources, whether that be in response to a feeling, the use of
materials, or from some attention to detail. My work will reflect the summary of my
investigations within a contempory cultural context which incorporates our way of
life, values, customs, beliefs and living conditions.

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Thesis (M.F.A. )--University of Tasmania, 1995. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 00:47
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2016 02:04
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