James DeVries '16
I reframe the frame.
For example, in my painting, Heads or Tails, I had two panels and a bucket of gesso. I wanted to find out what would happen if you took the back of a painting and made it the front. By doing this, it makes the viewer see the painting in a different way. The second panel breaks the frame of the original rectangle and prevents it from being seen as a virtual window. That is, after all, what we expect from a traditional painting. Further, the cradle, now facing the viewer turns into another frame. Within the frame created by backside of the second panel, now facing us is a purple gradient. The gradient, printed on paper in this new “frame,” pulls an ordinary element from graphic design into the realm of high art. Thus on another level, it reframes the argument about whether graphic design is art, sometimes a hot topic in this department. One more thing, looking at this piece you become aware of space between the panels. It is a now a physical space as opposed to virtual space. Both virtual and actual space are gone because of both panels are attached to each other; two paintings stuck together act as an object.