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Acrylic on canvas board
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
Peter Lockrem, who was raised in Theif River Falls and Grand Forks, now lives in California. He received his BFA in Art at the University of North Dakota, his MS in Environmental Design at Southern Illinois University and his MFA in Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing his degrees, Lockrem did not pursue an art career. Even so, he affirms that his visual background has helped him in his chosen profession as a software quality assurance engineer.
This painting was done during Lockrem's undergraduate years at UND. It is not a flat painting, but a three-dimensional object that is painted. Two blocks of wood are placed underneath the stretched canvas to blue the fabric outward. During the 1960s and 1970s, painting was being seriously challenged as an independent art form and shaped or sculptural paintings were sometime offered as alternatives, along with the concept of the "painting as object." Disenchanted with the limitations imposed by the two-dimensional picture plane, many artists (including art students such as Lockrem) began to explore formal concerns beyond the confines of a painting's flat surface.
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