Studio Theory Fine Arts D (THAP2632)


This Unit of Study is split into three areas: Painting; Sculpture; Printmedia.

Significant issues in art and related critical writing that have refashioned avant-garde practices since the 60s will be examined, with the primary focus on artists working within a discursive field. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the connection between the object, that is the creative work, and the theoretical premise in related texts.

An investigation into multi-media and trans-media practices. A primary concern will be a sound understanding of conceptual art since the 1960s and its redefintition of the object as a vector of an idea as opposed to an artifact. Another will be the ways in which technology has moulded our expectations of the art object/experience, particularly in relation to ideas such as interactivity and immersion.

Here and Now: Using the broad understanding of contemporary art established in semester one, the unit moves on to look at the way in which a range of print and drawing based artists have developed their own practices in both local and international contexts.

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Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 60 hrs


Assessment is based on successful completion of written and or/seminar assignments (100%)


This is a studio - driven progam focusing on the practices of artists as primary research and supported with the relevant theoretical frameworks. Consequently these references are subject to change and will be advised on the UoS outline at the beginning of semester.

Buchloch, Benjamin ed., Broodthaers, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press1987.
Hansen, Mark, New Philosophy for New Media, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2004.
Kaprow, Alan, Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life, ed. Jeff Kelly, Berkeley and Los Angeles, University of California Press. 1993.
Kelly, Mary, Post-Partum Document, London: Routledge, 1983.

Illusive 2 - contemporary illustration and its context, Berlin, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2007.
Contemporary art in print, London: Paragon, c2001.
Grishin, Sasha. Australian printmaking in the 1990s, Sydney: Craftsman House, 1997.
Klanten, R and Hellige, H (ed).

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