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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

Type of Research: Book Section
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/
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: architectural space, painting and architecture
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Wunderkammer Press
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 30 January 2012
Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2012 09:42
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013 09:48
Item ID: 4037
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/4037

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