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Abstracting the Set: Monet’s Cathedrals and Stable Mental Concepts from Serial Pictorial Artworks

Kass, Jason and Harland, Beth and Donnelly, Nick (2014) Abstracting the Set: Monet’s Cathedrals and Stable Mental Concepts from Serial Pictorial Artworks. Art & Perception, 2. ISSN 2213-4905, 2213-4913

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Kass, Jason and Harland, Beth and Donnelly, Nick
Description:

The ability to form stable mental representations (or concepts) from a set of instances is fundamental to human visual cognition and is evident across the formation of prototypes, from simple pseudo-random dot patterns through to the recognition of faces. In this paper we argue that the cognitive and perceptual processes that lead to the formation of stable concepts are also important in understanding spectatorship of a certain class of serial artworks that are composed of multiple discrete but related pictures. This article considers the processes that enable the formation of stable mental representations in relation to a series of paintings of Rouen Cathedral by Claude Monet. The implications of understanding these processes for the spectatorship of this class of serial artworks are discussed.

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/110.1163/22134913-00002030
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: prototypes; Claude Monet; seriality; Stable representation; serial art; averaging; face recognition
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Brill
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: June 2014
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1163/22134913-00002030
Related Websites: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/22134913
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2014 14:19
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2014 15:35
Item ID: 7321
URI: http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/7321

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