The Subtlety of Frames

The concept involves nested contrasts. For example, Black-and-White usually refers to concrete, unambiguous thinking. But the play operating in this piece is multi-layered and unconstrained. It moves from the simple geometry of rectangles to the depiction and conceptualization of ‘frames,’ which in this context stretches from the literal shape of the frame internal to the piece (which will turn out to be a frame within a frame) to the psychological concept of the shaping of perception and thought that is structured by the frame in which we place an event (e.g., think of any crime thriller where the circumstances are structured initially to point toward someone as guilty when, it turns out through the narrative, they were totally innocent). And, notice, much of the frame is white on white, so it’s hard to discern. Can you think of anything in our current social melee that matches that feature – hard to see even as it controls the shape of the interaction?

Year                                 2022
Materials                       Acrylic on paper

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions Height 76.2 cm x Width 55.9 cm x Depth 0.1 cm.