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The space of the screen and contemporary ambivalence : an innovative analysis of contemporary painterly pictorial construction


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Keating, Meg(Megan Jane) 2002 , 'The space of the screen and contemporary ambivalence : an innovative analysis of contemporary painterly pictorial construction', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This research project examines the nature of pictorial space
within contemporary painting. It proposes, through the use of a
studio-based investigation, a new condition of spatial
construction that has been interpreted through the
representational methodologies of the screen. It argues that the
screen has become a dominant paradigm in the creation and
articulation of an ambivalent condition of spatiality. This
ambivalent condition is suggested in a body of painterly works as
a closed cycle of movement in which objects and detail are
dislocated within/on the pictorial plane whilst concurrently
grounded in an illusion of reality. This project also establishes a
perception of anxiety and spatial unease as being indicative of
contemporary experience. This is instituted through the concept
of something being a guise for "Nothing" and "Nothing" being a
comment on contemporary experience. It argues that the
something of "Nothing" is also a context for "otherness". The
principle vehicle for this investigation is the inanimate figurine
(toy soldier). It is used, within this context, as a paradoxical
object from popular culture; it alludes to the current climate of
unrest and quotes from propaganda imagery and other military
representations within visual culture. The analysis of pictorial space
was initiated through observation
and interpretation of painting practices and it was within this
examination that a definition of the screen was located. The
screen is defined as a methodology of literal and metaphorical
representations that are part of an on-going evolution in pictorial
construction. These practices are discussed under the related
areas of the flat/deep space of the screen; the screen as a literal
painterly boundary; and the screen as a metaphorical barrier.
Other issues that are considered here are a re-definition of
flatness; the allusion to "otherness" ; and the perception of anxiety
and unease in contemporary painting. This research has
developed practical strategies that contextualize these issues by
subverting traditional notations of figure/ground relationships.
They include both technical and conceptual applications such as
the concurrent use of a variety of spatial paradigms, decoration
(camouflage patterning), the cut-out silhouette, an original paint
surface (the mica glaze/ pearl surface) and an overall sense of
spatial compression within the pictorial plane.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Keating, Meg(Megan Jane)
Keywords: Painting, Painting, Modern
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 2003. Includes bibliographical references

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