Transcending inaccessibility : reassessing the Action Painters in the light of rhetorical theory

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dc.contributor.advisor Hanson, Linda K. en_US
dc.contributor.author Holaday, Troy A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:26:50Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:26:50Z
dc.date.created 2002 en_US
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 2002 .H65 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/176834
dc.description.abstract This interdisciplinary thesis investigates the Action Painting movement using rhetorical theories and models with the intent of producing a higher level of understanding of the paintings and increasing their approachability. A brief history of nonobjective painting, the technique of automatism, and the Action Painting movement is given. Following this, the semiotic character of the visual elements within Action Paintings is discussed and their behavior catalogued through descriptive analysis, using Kenneth Pike's theory of tagmemics. The work culminates in a comparison of painted gestures to conversational implicatures and guidelines are given for establishing meaningful and relevant dialogues with the paintings, presupposing the importance of an intangible context as defined by the reconstruction of authorial intent and anticipated readership. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent 300, 59 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Abstract expressionism -- Themes, motives. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Automatism (Art movement) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Art, Abstract -- Themes, motives. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Art criticism. en_US
dc.title Transcending inaccessibility : reassessing the Action Painters in the light of rhetorical theory en_US
dc.title.alternative Reassessing the Action Painters in the light of rhetorical theory en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph.D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1237767 en_US


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