Locating the border : the development of the framing device in Western art

Leathem, Kevin Wolhuter (2008) Locating the border : the development of the framing device in Western art. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




A frame can be understood to act as something both complementary and even intrinsic to the work it houses. But the frame also acts as more than just a physical object. It serves as a guiding principle, perhaps even a controlling device, in the sense that it provides a context for the work as well as informing the way in which a work is read. Acting with the image it surrounds, it links the artwork to the surrounding space as well as the viewer. In this study, I explore these various functions and effects by providing an overview of framing devices that have been used by artists in the West as well as referring to guiding principles that some museums in South Africa have used when making choices about the ways in which they frame works in their collections. This examination provides a context for my paintings. Based on photographs of the walls of various small galleries in the Eastern Cape, my works take as their subject the notion of the ‘frame’ as both a physical object and the marker of a historically contextualized viewpoint.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Picture frames and framing, Mural painting and decoration, Art museums, South Africa
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Fine Art
ID Code:2726
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:26 Apr 2012 12:39
Last Modified:26 Apr 2012 12:39
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