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dc.contributor.advisor Bucholz, Merritt
dc.contributor.advisor Ryan, Anna
dc.contributor.advisor Griffin, Andrew
dc.contributor.author Brereton, Philip
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-14T15:57:24Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-14T15:57:24Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4721
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract In January 1957 Ives Klein exhibited eleven monochrome canvases in Milan. Each canvas was mounted twenty centimetres in front of the wall as if to comment on the very emptiness of the space itself. The canvases, seen in this context, seemed weightless as if suspended in the space of the room itself. As such, the boundaries between subjective and objective were subtly blurred. For Klein each of these blue canvases “presented a completely different essence and atmosphere. None resembled any other”. However, Klein had begun painting similar monochromes as early as 1947, considering them to be a way of rejecting the idea of representation in painting and therefore of attaining creative freedom. Although it is difficult to date many of these works precisely, the early ones have an uneven surface, whereas, those painted later, are finer and more uniform in texture. For Klein blue was dimensionless. Blue was a unification of heaven and earth, the sky and the ground. Gone is the dividing line of the horizon. These monochrome canvases were to form a fundamental concept for much of Klein’s art. Within this setting the paintings appear to take on a life of their own. The singularity of colour dissolves any notion of the edge as a condition. As such the known merges with the unknown. Outside, Klein had hoped to illuminate the obelisk at the Palace de la Concorde in blue floodlights, while the base was to remain in total darkness. Like the canvases inside, the column would appear to float in mid-air as if suspended above the city. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher School of Architecture, University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject inside/outside en_US
dc.subject simplicity en_US
dc.title The idea of nothing en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/bachelorThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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