Casey Egner BFA General Fine Arts Thesis Spring 2015
The Value of Form: Rethinking Formalism
Form guides content. The form of a work of art constitutes the viewers access point into the conceptual structure of the piece. I focus on applying a disciplined intentionality to my practice through the use of repetitive gestures and the creation of rules, parameters, and criteria to work within. The forms I create, are thus dictated by the rules that I set. These rules often create a conflict between determination and exhaustion; the drawings require endurance, attention, and control. Reliance on physicality allows the outcome to be partially aleatory, letting the humanness of my hand effect the end result. In my thesis work, I am interested in the ways the rules I set not only affect but also reflect my body due to the laborious nature of the drawings and the choice of materials. The evidence of the body is apparent in the fluctuations of the marks, as well as the reflective properties of graphite.
These restrictions, existing as material choice, scale, form, and gesture, allow me to access more levels of consideration in the work in an attempt to reveal the concerns of the drawing in the simplest way possible. The signification of performance, energy, time, and labor becomes a discussion of value. I am interested in how attention and energy given to an object creates value, and how these marks can signify actions and ideas outside of themselves through a visual analysis. Here, through simplicity of form and physicality of mark, form becomes content.