The materials of artworks and objects can suggest systems for working, a structured but adjustable ground upon which attachments can be made: grids, collage, abstraction, and repetition. Formal aesthetic and political uses of supports demonstrate close ties between artists and their subjects and offer elements that draw us closer.
Kelainos N. 2, 1963
Oil on canvas
38 ½ x 51 7/16 inches
Image courtesy of Krannert Art Museum
Homage to Caspar David Friedrich, 1979
Oil and encaustic on canvas 86 x 79 inches