Inside Outside © 1987 E.J. Gold

The School of Reductionism


Perhaps the outstanding feature of Reductionist art is that, despite a limited use of the techniques of perspective to create three dimensional effects within the picture, the art nonetheless establishes a sense of space. The reason is the primary place assigned to the viewer. Because the Reductionist artist strives for communication, scenes are composed for a viewer who is not a voyeur outside the scene but rather a participant who is the reason for the work and necessarily a part of it. Everything in the scene is oriented first and foremost to the viewer so as to bring the viewer into a relationship with it. Thus, the art is only completed by viewing. Depth of field is therefore not bounded by the frame but includes the viewer in a truly three dimensional experience of space.