Category Academic art

Boundary Stone :: Open Studio performance proposal

This is a proposal for a public performance on May 18th 2013, to take place during our Open Studios event, here at the Ruskin Glass Centre. My work is centred on spaces, and investigating the politics and ethics of our common interactions with space. I am especially interested in how our conscious perception extends, and how […]

A New Geometry of fear :: the road from Smithson to Nelson

I’ve mentioned Robert Smithson before in a previous post and still haven’t quite satisfied myself (and probably never will) that whatever I’ve read and written about his work Asphalt Rundown adequately describes the profound influence this work has had on a particular type of environmental art. Had Smithson survived into this decade, our account of […]

Diverse Methods: My RBSA Friends Commendation and the M6

A short two week show at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists starting this week gives me pause to consider divergent steams in my own practice and cause to celebrate the societies ‘Highly Commended’ endorsement and the diversity of art in Birmingham. First of all I have to say how delighted I am to be recognised for […]

From the Guild to the Academy: the rise and rise of ‘International Art English’

From the Guild to the Academy: the rise and rise of ‘International Art English’ We live in a different time to the artist run guilds of Vermeer et al, our culture has changed, and the philosophy has changed. Art, as taught by some at the academy, influenced as they are by the thesis provided by […]

Place, Anthropocentrism and Environment in the work of Smithson, Marshall, Sonfist, and Eliasson.

Visual art has seldom confronted the examination of place from a phenomenological viewpoint, that is to say: artworks that are based in environmental phenomena – that avoid anthropocentrism. During the 20th Century and in more recent years, many artists have been working with various approaches to notions of ‘environment’ in their practice. In this short […]

Concept versus Skill axiology: From the Old Masters to the YBA’s

I wish to argue that an attempt at comparison between art produced by today’s conceptual artists, some of the YBA’s for example and art from the traditions of the West in the past, is wrong and misguided. I was moved to contribute to this debate as a differential between artworks that utilise predominantly more skill or concept, can be […]