Apex High School
Inspired by: Franz Kline, Orange Outline
Artist Statement: After looking at Franz Kline’s “Orange Outline” the first thing that struck me was the contrast between the white negative space, and the thick black lines that are carelessly placed across the canvas. Then as I began to look closer at the painting my eye was drawn to the outside of the lines, where the orange and green colors hastily clash with the black streaks. This inspired me to work with lines, and abstract objects as well. While setting up for my photograph, the black lines in between the bright red lockers, found in the NC State campus library, caught my eye. They reminded me of the black lines found in Kline’s painting. I set the camera on a self timer, lowered the F-stop and I walked in front of the lockers. As I looked at how the photograph came out, I noticed the blurs of my cloths mimic the colors on “Orange Outline” and compliment the red blocks of the lockers. The abstract waves of the blur lead the eye across the photograph and contrast with the straight lines of the lockers. I enjoyed using the themes of the abstract painting “Orange Outline” and objectifying them in my photograph.