Abstraction, representation, and entropy

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Title: Abstraction, representation, and entropy
Author: Payzant, Marcus Ray, 1982-
Abstract: The following graduate report is an overview of my artistic endeavors spanning the past three years at the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, I have concentrated on making paintings that focus on the relationship between abstraction, representation, and entropy. Using banal, often overlooked cultural objects as subject matter, I paint ambiguous scenes that teeter between disintegration and formation. Representations of banal detritus within an ambiguous natural space become a metaphor for memory, culture, and life and death alluding to unseen forces and, ultimately, a lack of control. Using a combination of random and deliberate decisions, I aim to create a commentary about the unpredictable yet conformist aspects of the world in which we participate.
Department: Studio Art
Subject: Painting Entropy Disintegration Art Abstraction Representation Cultural objects Ambiguity
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5344
Date: 2012-05

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