From this vantage point, many of Rubenstein's assertions about the provisionality, or the eternal doubt, of painting don't exactly acknowledge the way in which Jackson Pollock's opening of the picture plane
can be in service of a performative act, or that artists such as Yves Klein and Janine Antoni have since made this possibility explicit.
Though I was sure the students had successfully processed the intellectual objectives of the project, I wanted them to be able to manipulate the images on their picture plane
, and capture the flat, yet colorful, style of Grandma Moses.
The illustrations accompanying this essay are photographic reproductions of drawings made in an attempt to reconsider the conventions of the picture plane
in architectural drawing (12).
The shattering of space and flattening of the picture plane
initiated by Cezanne is of at least equal importance to abstraction as neo-impressionism was.
Getting students to think of shapes as gray tones that interact to create visual excitement on a picture plane
can be challenging since most want to go right to color.
It is rambling and repetitious, and a little strange in the sense that it leaves the impression that when the picture plane
is not Alberti's window, it might be Alice's looking glass.
Picasso's still lifes, including "Pitcher and Bowl of Fruit" (1931), segment and distort the picture plane
, and "Three Women" (1908) is an example of the artist's Cubist explorations of the figure.
The picture plane
fizzes and buzzes with super-charged action disguising to some extent the length of the text, which offers plenty of reading practice.
For example, Liebe Liese (Dear Liese; all works 2015) one of the larger pieces, shows two roundheaded, porcelain-faced children, seated with their arms bent around their legs; depicted in a cartoonlike manner, they fit snugly into the picture plane
This further suggests that by making color the focus of the work, she allows it to function rhythmically across the picture plane
in a way that is quite different from Op Art, in which color clashed in such a way as to suggest an illusion in front of the painting.
A more fluid and experimental drawing of figures, a new way of dividing the picture plane
all infuse this work with a brave new personality.
By giving your students a basic understanding of placement on the picture plane
, an understanding of perspective and how to use color to suggest distance, and other tried and true techniques, your students will use this knowledge to find their own aesthetic and create their own unique art.