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Semper’s wall: figuring ground

Donszelmann, Bernice (2012) Semper’s wall: figuring ground. In: Painting with architecture in mind. Wunderkammer Press, Bath, UK. ISBN 9780956646217 [Architecture, Building and Planning > Architecture
Creative Arts and Design > Fine Art
Creative Arts and Design > Painting]
Creators:Donszelmann, Bernice

The book chapter looks at implications of the 19th century architectural historian, Gottfried Semper’s concept of ‘surface dressing’ for the structure/surface relationship in architecture and figure/ground relationships between art and architecture today; it is further used to reconsider contemporary understandings of the relationship between architecture and painting in terms of the question of ‘figure’ and ‘ground’ – architecture conventionally understood as a background to art as ‘figure’. Semper’s ideas challenge this structure. This conceptualization of surface is brought to bear on an analysis of works by Blinky Palermo, Gerwald Rokenschaub and Jorge Pardo.

Official Website:http://www.wunderkammerpress.com/
Type of Research:Book Section
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:architectural space, painting and architecture
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company:Wunderkammer Press
Your affiliations with UAL:Colleges > Chelsea College of Art and Design
Colleges > Chelsea College of Art and Design
Date:30 January 2012
Projects or Series:Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
ID Code:4037
Deposited By:Prerna Bhatt
Deposited On:10 Feb 2012 09:42
Last Modified:18 Oct 2013 10:48
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