Toma! Toma! Toma!
Candela, Nicholas A.
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Painting
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Painting
Bibliography: pages 48-49
"The subjects for my paintings are countless cultural ingredients, made manifest through an assortment of appropriated commonplace images. These images are culled and montaged as a rumination on perception and meaning. As layers of images erode and interfere with one another amid aphoristic titles, it is that which is indefinite that prompts the reader to resort to some kind of order in the chaos - some half-truth. The work imitates culture by the consolidation of innumerable and seemingly arbitrary components, not the least of which include the political and visual trends of a society. We thrash about in a dissonant sea of objects, images, and stories almost all of which are designed to inform our decision making and influence our perceptions. As free as we are to author our own text from this patchwork of media, it is that which is consistently generalized-- the ideological hot-spots-- that propagate and subsume more nuanced aspects of understanding."
Keywords: Toma, appropriation, culture, ideology, generalizations, stereotypes, language, perception
CHAIR: Platacis, Vanessa
PDF : 49 pages, illustrations (chiefly color)
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