David Reed


The purpose of this thesis is to create images that juxtapose forms of the English language, with both related and non-related imagery, to create the illusion of realistic situations. My images will be expressed through computer-imaging processes, and non-toxic printmaking techniques, and will include the printing procedures and the problems associated with it. I will discuss not only the similarities and differences of artists who have influenced my work, but also my source material. The latter having been derived from observing and recording various uses of the English language, both as humor or social comment, and in the form of quotes, graffiti, and signs. The exhibition falls into three sections. The first section consists of the six household items, created by polyester plate lithography and computer generated labels. The containers and labels are meant to be a humorous facsimile. At first glance, the objects appear to resemble the real item, but on closer inspection the labels tell a different story. If the viewers read closely, not all is what it seems. The second section comprises six four-color intaglio prints and three mannequin images. The text is in the form of signs, children's graffiti, and quotes, and is combined with images to create situations that are believable, but completely fabricated. This combination hopefully produces some amusement for the viewers. The final section consists of the three inkjet printed images. These works are meant to be more serious, and are an attempt to incorporate text that not only relays a message, but also creates a pattern that becomes an integral part of the overall composition.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Prints--Technique; Image processing--Digital techniques; Digital printing

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School of Art (CIAS)


Lightfoot, Thomas

Advisor/Committee Member

Singer, Alan


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: NE850 .R443 2002


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