Dimensions: Depiction of Seperation Between the Physical and Nonphysical

Taylor Beberman: Peter Callessen "Dead Angels" 2007

Taylor Beberman: Peter Callessen “Dead Angels” 2007

In Peter Callesen’s piece, “Dead Angels”, the use of two different kinds of dimension in this framed paper structure, the two dimensional shapes and the three dimensional structures, points to different kinds of physicality.

In this art piece, there is a wooden box that surrounds a white sheet of paper. The wooden box is a lighter shade of wood and there is a space between the edge of the box and the sheet of paper. The distance from the sheet and the box is equidistant around the piece of paper. The sheet has three shapes that are cut out. The shapes look like bodies with two wings. These shapes are cut outs of angels, as indicated by the title, “Dead Angels.” There are shadows behind the angel cut outs and the piece of paper. A light source is coming from the right side of the piece, which creates the shadows.

On the bottom of the box lay three structures. The structures are made of the paper that has been cut out from the piece of paper. The three structures are in the shapes of skeletons. The angel closest to the bottom of the paper is the largest of the three, and the cut outs get smaller as you look up. This is also true with the three skeletons, each are a different size based on which cutout they were made constructed from. A skeleton at the bottom is connected to the bottom angel by a big toe. The skeletons’ bone lay out does not match the shape of the angel cutouts. The angels all have their arms down below their heads and their hands are facing up. One skeleton has its arms above its head and the others are not in the same placement as the angel cutouts.

The use of cutouts and different dimensions in this piece depict an absence of a physical internal structure and only an outline of an intangible body remains. The three cutout angels’ size difference is used to show a separation and space between the angels. The closer in size the angels are to each other suggests a smaller distance apart, whereas, a greater difference in size suggests a farther distance apart.

The use of the dimensions depicts a separation of physical and non-physical. Two-dimensional space cannot be visualized or felt by all angles and an angel is not a tangible object or thing. The use of three-dimensional objects with the skeletons represents physical aspects of life. This piece shows that when out physical and nonphysical aspects split our bones stay on the ground our spirits and intangible aspects go somewhere else. The angel at the top has its hands the most upward towards the top of the sheet of paper and the bottom angel is the most grounded to the physical three-dimensional skeletons. This indicates a higher force or power that is above the physical ground, which the bones lay and the angels are on their way upward.

Callesen’s framed paper structure shows the separation between physical and nonphysical parts of life. The use of dimensions is used to depict the separation. The placement of the cutouts and structures explains what happens to the physical and nonphysical aspects of life as they separate.

Callesen, Peter. Dead Angels. 2007. Acid free paper, glue, acrylic paint, and oak frame. No location of work found. <http://www.petercallesen.com/paper/large-framed-papercuts/&gt;.

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3 comments

  1. Taylor, this is a very well-thought out piece of writing. You did a very nice job of describing the image in vivid detail to your reader. Overall, your writing is a great product, but if I had to improve one thing, I would say to dig a little deeper into the meaning of the varying dimensions mentioned in your first analytical paragraph. This could be done by maybe describing your definition of what the tangible and intangible bodies are or could represent. Well done: I love your point of view of this piece.

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