A Partial Ordering Mereology for Non-traditional Three-Dimensional Art

  • Paul M. W. HackettEmail author
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In this section of the research, I use POSA to facilitate more thorough comments upon how we perceive and understand three-dimensional abstract art. In my exposition of POSA, I take some time to delve into previous uses of the approach to reveal partial ordering of variables. I present examples of POSA’s previous theoretical deployment and I demonstrate its application using applied art-related examples. Specifically, in the chapter, I consider a partially ordered model of the eight characteristics from Crowther’s ontology. I assert the usefulness of POSA by referencing how I have used this approach  in earlier research that incorporated Crowther’s characteristics within a mapping sentence which I analysed using POSA to facilitate greater understanding of two-dimensional abstract art. I conclude the chapter by considering how the mapping sentence models I have developed for two and three-dimensional art, and partial order analysis of facets from the mapping sentences for two and three-dimensional art, relate to each other.


Partial Order Scalogram Analysis (POSA) Crowther Ontology Three-dimensional art Abstract art Mapping sentence Facet theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of CommunicationEmerson CollegeBostonUSA

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