Frank Stella

 

Frank Stella is an artist that I have been looking to a lot lately.  My painting professor pointed the similarities out to me between his work and my work.  After his observation I picked up the book Frank Stella: Painting into Architecture to look more into the essence of his paintings.

 

Stella had a desire to go beyond the limits imposed by a two-dimensional frame.  He made reliefs in which his paintings extended from the canvas.  A line that I particularly was drawn to was “Stella is preoccupied with the space created by three-dimensional objects at least as much as with the objects themselves.”  I can relate to his desire to depict the three-dimensional without moving into the realm of sculpture.  It’s an exploration of space that I find as a common ground between me and Stella.  I believe that making artwork should always have a sense of new discovery and playfulness.

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