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Wonder in Contemporary Artistic Practice





ISBN 9781138855816
Published January 13, 2017 by Routledge
326 Pages 8 Color & 32 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Wonder has an established link to the history and philosophy of science. However, there is little acknowledgement of the relationship between the visual arts and wonder. This book presents a new perspective on this overlooked connection, allowing a unique insight into the role of wonder in contemporary visual practice. Artists, curators and art theorists give accounts of their approach to wonder through the use of materials, objects and ways of exhibiting. These accounts not only raise issues of a particular relevance to the way in which we encounter our reality today but ask to what extent artists utilize the function of wonder purposely in their work.

Table of Contents

Introduction



Christian Mieves and Irene Brown





Part I: Taxonomy, Structures and Identities





1. Archives of Wonder: Collecting the Liminal in Contemporary Art



Tiffany Shafran





2. One Hour: Visual Practice Exploring a Collective History



Shirley Chubb





3. Wonders Without Wonder: Divining the Donkey-Rat



Will Buckingham





4. Wonder, Subversion and Newness
Runette Kruger





5. The Snow Globe as Object of Wonder



Anne Hilker





6. From Nimbus Cloud to Cloud Canyon: Artistic Practice and the Idea of Wonder in Contemporary Art



Christian Mieves





Part II: Contemporary Curatorial Practices





7. Spectral Exhibitions: ‘The Wonders of the Invisible



World’ (or, Exhibiting Contradiction – Known Knowns and Unknown Unknowns)



Alistair Robinson





8. Wonder on Tour



Irene Brown





9. Coral-Fishing and Pearl-Diving: Curatorial Approaches to Doubt and Wonder



Marion Endt-Jones





10. Preternatural: Curating Wonder



Celina Jeffery



Part III: Contemporary Artistic Practice and the Function of Wonder





11. Collecting Skulls and Hair: In Pursuit of Wonder in Death’s Chambers



Jane Wildgoose





12. Wunderkammer of the Now: In Search of the Wunderbare: Romanticising as a



Contemporary Fine Art Practice



Laura Kuch





13. The Enemies of Wonder: An Itinerant Conversation



Silke Dettmers and Mark Sanderson





14. Claude Glass Re-visited: ‘...the largest down to the smallest balls of mercury reflect the entire universe.’



Alison Dalwood





15. Photographing the

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Biography

Christian Mieves is a painter and Senior Lecturer at Wolverhampton University, UK. Recent publications include journal articles on Luc Tuymans, Dana Schutz and the Beach in Contemporary Art Making. He has been co- editor of the special edition of the Journal of Visual Art Practice 9.3 (2010) and works currently on a special journal edition on erosion and visibility (forthcoming 2017).



Irene Brown is an artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Newcastle University, UK Recent projects include Poetics of the Archive: Creative Community Engagement with the Bloodaxe Archive, an AHRC funded project at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, 2015; Phantasmagoria Electric, an installation, exhibited as part of the Twice Upon a Time: Magic, Alchemy and the Transubstantiation of the Senses, Centre for Fine Art Research, School of Art, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, 2014 and International Research Fellowship at the Bakken Museum of Electricity and Mesmerism, Minneapolis, USA, 2013.





 

Reviews

"Brown and Mieves bring a much neglected attention to the topic of wonder and the visual arts in this edited collection of reflections drawn from a diverse range of distinguished scholars and practitioners. The emphasis on practice is to be welcomed. It goes beyond theory into the studio and the role wonder has in the production and reception of visual arts. This stimulating volume is a must read for academics and practitioners in the visual arts." - Christopher Smith, University of the Arts London, UK and Editor, Journal of Visual Art Practice