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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Flattening Spatial Depth

There are times when I intentionally like to flatten spatial depth in my paintings. Some subjects present themselves to me as a very strong graphic design and suppressing the atmospheric perspective, (the lessoning of contrast and cooling of form as they recede in space), accentuates the graphic quality of the composition.
In "Under the Boardwalk, Coney Island" the darks of the area underneath the boardwalk are repeated in the handling of the roller-coaster, as a result the spacial depth is diminished and the elements in the composition read as a unit silhouetted by the sky.

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