I have been trying to compile a list of ideas, subjects, artists…etc. to look at as I try to focus my thoughts toward a thesis project. As always I’m interested in a very wide array and resist categorizing as I find that boring. Defined = Boring (to me)
Anyway, here is what I have come up with so far:
Poetics of Space (Guston Bachelard): Currently reading in order to understand the theory behind space, memory and experience
Part Object, Part Sculpture (Helen Molesworth): This is an exhibition catalog from a show curated by Helen Molesworth at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2007. The exhibition is based on differentiating DuChamps readymades from the 1960’s from the one’s he debuted with in the 1920’s. From this thesis, she explores the way postwar sculpture challenges the Minimalist/Post-Minimalist sequence maintained in most accounts of the period. As my work teeters between art object and everyday object, this conversation is quite relevant for me. The artists in the show are a cross sections of so many of my favorites: Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Robert Gober, DuChamp…
The Originality of the Avant Garde and Other Modernist Myths (Rosalind Krauss): I have already read a few of these essays (the grid and surrealist photography) and was quite enlightened as far as understanding the theoretical framework in which my ideas lie.
Mythologies(Roland Barthes):“[Mythologies] illustrates the beautiful generosity of Barthes’s progressive interest in the meaning (his word is signification) of practically everything around him, not only the books and paintings of high art, but also the slogans, trivia, toys, food, and popular rituals (cruises, striptease, eating, wrestling matches) of contemporary life . . . (quoted from a review by Edward W. Said)