The purpose of this thesis is to explore the correlation between non-objective painting and sculpture in the round. I believe there is an opportunity to create unique work that combines, integrates, juxtaposes or holds in opposition the image, color and surface qualities of painting and the material physicality of free-standing sculpture. I will attempt to blur the distinctions between painting and sculpture. The art of Jennifer Bartlett, Eva Hesse, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and Jessica Stockholder is among the significant work that points to a hybrid art form. I intend to pursue this thesis through direct observation, library research, examination of contemporary art and personal exploration with a series of works utilizing non-objective painting imagery and constructed three-dimensional forms.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Painting, Abstract; Sculpture; Art--Philosophy

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Alan Singer

Advisor/Committee Member

T. H. Engström

Advisor/Committee Member

Robert Heischman


"I, William A. Keyser, Jr., hereby grant permission to the Rochester Institute of Technology to reproduce my print thesis in whole or in part, provided I am first contacted regarding said reproduction. Any reproduction will not be for commercial use or profit."

Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at ND196.S2 K49 2005


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