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.