Rhythmic Proportions is a story about shifting the balance between logical structures and artistic freedoms. Manifested through paintings and found objects from a piano, my thesis negotiates a series of missions through an evolution of creative methodology in the interest of discovering new potentials. Propelled by the ideas of Mark Rothko, Michel Foucault and Immanuel Kant, I connect cognitive philosophies with my most forceful visual influences: the ancient works of Islamic architecture and the contemporary works of video artist Hiraki Sawa, painter Gopal Chowdhury, and sculptor Diana Al-Hadid. As my methods evolve, a more organic style gains momentum, however a residual synthetic agency remains captured in each physical work. The same agency structures this expression of words as I demonstrate my entire creative process reformulated through written conventions. As a result, this document is interchangeable with the methods and substance of the physical works that make up my thesis.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Painting--Themes, motives; Painting--Technique; Found objects (Art)

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Lightfoot, Tom

Advisor/Committee Member

Shepard, Luvon


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: ND1135 .B55 2012


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