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Constructing Realities - W.H.lynch

Constructing Realities - W.H.lynch

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This writing serves to document and summarize the work from the past six semesters as I pursued a Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Visual Arts at Iowa State University. Within the following pages I discuss the scholars and artists that have informed and influenced my journey, as well as the conceptual conclusions I have reached along the way. This text also serves as a supplemental explanation of the thoughts behind and execution of the Constructing Realities exhibition. In addition to the primary body, the two appendices that follow visually and technically summarize the exhibition in more detail.

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This document is the written component accompanying the Constructing Realities art exhibition. The five interactive digital art installations encourage participants to investigate various fundamental elements of photography. By exploring these component parts, a greater overall understanding of the power of photography over our perceived realities can be gained.

This document describes the artist’s creative intention. Major historic and contemporary philosophic and artistic influences are identified and analyzed. Included are postmodern theories related to reality and contemporary interactive artists, in order to place and explain the exhibition’s relevance. The themes and processes that were employed to create this exhibition are explained and documented. The artwork examines the impact elements of photography have on our understanding of reality.
This writing serves to document and summarize the work from the past six semesters as I pursued a Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Visual Arts at Iowa State University. Within the following pages I discuss the scholars and artists that have informed and influenced my journey, as well as the conceptual conclusions I have reached along the way. This text also serves as a supplemental explanation of the thoughts behind and execution of the Constructing Realities exhibition. In addition to the primary body, the two appendices that follow visually and technically summarize the exhibition in more detail.

ABSTRACT

This document is the written component accompanying the Constructing Realities art exhibition. The five interactive digital art installations encourage participants to investigate various fundamental elements of photography. By exploring these component parts, a greater overall understanding of the power of photography over our perceived realities can be gained.

This document describes the artist’s creative intention. Major historic and contemporary philosophic and artistic influences are identified and analyzed. Included are postmodern theories related to reality and contemporary interactive artists, in order to place and explain the exhibition’s relevance. The themes and processes that were employed to create this exhibition are explained and documented. The artwork examines the impact elements of photography have on our understanding of reality.

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Constructing realities
 by
 
Wyeth Haglan Lynch
 
A thesis submitted to the graduate faculty
 
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of 
 
MASTER OF FINE ARTS
 
Major: Integrated Visual Arts Program of Study Committee:
 
Anson Call, Major Professor 
 
Stephen Gilbert
 
Emily Morgan
 
Iowa State University
 
Ames, Iowa
 
2014 Copyright © Wyeth Haglan Lynch, 2014. All rights reserved.
 
 ii DEDICATION Breanne Marie Lynch - for making me more than I could be alone.
 
 iii TABLE OF CONTENTS Page DEDICATION ……………………….……………………….…………………… ii ABSTRACT………………………………. ............................................................. v CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION ......................................................................... 1 Artist Statement ................................................................................................. 2
 
CHAPTER 2 PHILOSOPHICAL INFLUENCES ............................................... 4 John Szarkowski –
The Photographer’s Eye
 ..................................................... 4 Jean Baudrillard & John Berger ......................................................................... 10 Walter Benjamin –
 Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
 ....................... 15 Susan Sontag –
On Photography
 ....................................................................... 17 Roland Barthes –
Camera Lucida
...................................................................... 20 CHAPTER 3 ARTISTIC INFLUENCES ........................................................... 24 Marcel Duchamp,
 Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2
 ..................................... 24 Etienne-Jules Marey and Eadweard Muybridge ................................................ 26 Camille Utterback,
 Liquid Time
......................................................................... 29 ChopChop,
Unnamed Soundsculpture
............................................................... 32 Erik Kessel, Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe ......................................................... 34 CHAPTER 4 CONSTRUCTING REALITIES [THE WORK] .......................... 39 Mechanics ....................................................................................................... 39 Audience and Presentation ................................................................................. 42 Time (moment of importance) ........................................................................ 44 Clarity (focus hierarchy) ................................................................................. 48 Location (vantage point) .................................................................................. 50 Frame (inclusion and exclusion) ..................................................................... 54 Decisions (choice) ........................................................................................... 57 CHAPTER 5 SUMMARY AND LOOKING FORWARD ................................. 64 Summary ............................................................................................................. 64 Looking Forward ............................................................................................... 64 APPENDIX A ........................................................................................................... 66

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