Title page for ETD etd-06072010-161925

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Arnall, Cody Tyler
Author's Email Address cody.t.arnall@gmail.com
URN etd-06072010-161925
Title This Doorknob is on the Ceiling.
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Schwerd, Loren Committee Chair
Arp, Kimberly Committee Member
Celentano, Denyce Committee Member
Koptcho, Leslie Committee Member
McClay, Malcolm J Committee Member
  • commonplace objects
  • everyday objects
  • found objects
  • associations
  • reassociate
  • precarious
  • light
  • liveliness
  • animated
  • recontextualize
  • defy gravity
  • subvert
  • function
  • obstruct function
Date of Defense 2010-05-07
Availability unrestricted
This Doorknob is on the Ceiling is a thesis exhibition of sculptural works that explore the fusion of various domestic, industrial and commonplace objects. Some are new, but most of them are used and outdated. I explore and take advantage of the baggage that comes along with them, their history, their functions and what they suggest. My intention with these items is to both exploit and subvert the contextual boundaries which define them. I manipulate these objects in opposition to the way they are normally presented, encountered and understood, while leaving them recognizable. I am interested in obstructing function and creating unexpected associations between ordinary things.

These works investigate dynamic spatial arrangements and codependent evocative relationships between objects that typically need human interaction to become activated or purposeful. I force them to depend on one another for physical support by intersecting and embedding them, creating animated arrangements motivated by indiscernible forces and circumstances.

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