Reflecting on pictorial spaces: an investigation into ambiguous spatial effects created through the use of reflective materials, fragmented abstract form and oblique linear structures.

Adamson-Pinczewski, S 2013, Reflecting on pictorial spaces: an investigation into ambiguous spatial effects created through the use of reflective materials, fragmented abstract form and oblique linear structures., Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Art, RMIT University.


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Title Reflecting on pictorial spaces: an investigation into ambiguous spatial effects created through the use of reflective materials, fragmented abstract form and oblique linear structures.
Author(s) Adamson-Pinczewski, S
Year 2013
Abstract This practice-led art research project investigates the relationships between geometric abstract painting, architecture and urban space. The outcome of the research is an exhibition of large-scale and medium sized geometric abstract paintings on canvas that explore issues of reflection and spatial deformation. Compositions drawing from the spatialities of contemporary architecture and urban space are examined through the use of reflective materials, fragmented abstract form and irregular structuring to create a range of spatial interpretations intended to engage and manipulate the viewer’s perceptions of illusory space.

The project focuses on the inventive uses of reflective painting materials and recently developed synthetic colours influenced by digital technologies and high-gloss surface qualities. Innovative possibilities and opportunities in contemporary abstract painting practice are investigated through the use of newly developed commercial paint materials, pigments and mediums to create new perceptual and physiological experiences for the viewer.

From the position of being a contemporary abstract painter I investigate key issues of spatial unease, disorientation and instability experienced in contemporary architecture and urban space, in order to produce highly ambiguous pictorial spatial experiences in my work, including infinite reflections, permutations and deformations. This project contributes original research to the field of abstract painting, and produces a new body of knowledge about pictorial spatial structures, colours and surface effects that generate disorientating viewing experiences and build on the relationship between abstract painting, architecture and urban space.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) Geometric Abstract Painting
Contemporary Painting
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