Gary Wiseman BFA General Fine Arts Thesis Fall 2014
ZERO POINT: AN ARCHIVE ASSEMBLED FOR A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE VIRTUAL VISUAL ARCHIVE KNOWN AS B-PAINTINGS 1-9 (A USER’S GUIDE)
The B-Painting Project is the culmination of three years of focused, speculative research into the relationship between intuitive process and skepticism as it pertains to the formation, actualization, recollection, expression, and transformation of personal experience. The subject of this paper is both multivalent and continuously emerging and passing away, qualities that make it nearly impossible to address in a direct manner. Therefore, an eclectic strategy has been used in which a wide array of interrelated methodologies, metaphors, and images have been assembled in the negative space surrounding the subject to gain some sense of its form. The subject itself is present primarily through its absence.
The research presented was collected by observing and analyzing my own experience through processes traditionally associated with the production of art such as photography, painting, and a variety of digital tools. Other strategies employed include, but were not limited to, walking, writing, conversing, traveling, sleeping, observing, eating, reading, using the Internet, visiting health professionals, and generally paying very close attention to the world around me. I offer my research as an archive, allowing potential for an intersubjective experience for those with time and curiosity, since the information revealed is slow and requires a mindful approach.