Art Theory Category

May 9, 2019

Making Mesoamerica Visible In The Discourse Of Contemporary Art And Ecology (Elliott Jenkins)

“In our everyday lived experience, there is an unforgiving momentum to adopt ways of being that are Eurocentric within a coloniality of power, especially in schools.”  -Cueponcaxochitl Dianna Moreno Sandoval In order to recognize human impact on the environment, it is first important to understand our relationship with our planet…

April 2, 2019

“Metasonics” – The Silent Space Of The Vacuum (Jonathan P. Morgan)

Many kinds of structures seem ubiquitous and essential for the kind of meaning humanity concerns itself with. The anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss’ early work on myth and kinship are two significant examples with the influence of each visible in much of our daily existence. Still, we must ask, can structures of…

December 30, 2018

Ambient Rhetoric And Graphic Novels (Sergio C. Figueiredo)

In the fall of 2015 I taught a Literary Genre course Kennesaw State University in Georgia on the Graphic Novel (ENGL 3230 Syllabus).  I taught it from the perspective of rhetorical genres as described by Carolyn Miller in “Genre as Social Action.” the features of which are as follows: Genre…

March 11, 2018

Creating a Room of One’s Own – The Feminine Placemaking of “Womanhouse” (Shelby Maiden)

The visual and performing arts are inherently bonded to the art of literature; all additionally lend themselves to the narratives of women and their specific hardships. Examination of the relationship between each art form and its history is vital, but perhaps even more essential is the relationship that contemporary art…

November 1, 2017

“Post-Matter” – Wearable Art That Blurs The Boundaries Between Bodies And Environment (Larissa E. Shaw)

Contemporary artist Maiko Takeda creates futuristic, ethereal garments for the human body influenced by environmental phenomena such as wind, by exploring the relationship between the separation of what is body, and what is ‘outside’ the body. Takeda creates visible thresholds for the invisible sense of touch, primarily creating whisker like…

October 10, 2017

Experiencing The Experience Of Light – Concerning Space Art (Leonardo de Vivo)

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite.” – William Blake Since the first visual artistic expressions, light and space have impressed viewers and altered their perception. One can only imagine the astonishment of Earth’s first inhabitants when, by the play of…

August 23, 2017

How To Talk About Art, Part 3 – Interrogating What We See (Rebekah Gordon)

The following is the third of a three-part series. The first installment can be found here, the second here. In the past two installments of our “How to Talk About Art” series, we discussed the nature of art and the predominant forms which it takes. This installment tackles the many and…

June 20, 2017

Hegel And The Buddha in Popular Culture and Art, Part 2 (Dion Peoples)

The following is the second part of a two-part series.  The first installment can be found here. The Dhamma, when told to someone, conditions the mind of the artist, who then becomes conditioned and forms ideas according to his biases or other preferences.  Hegel writes in the Phenomenology of Mind: “…spirit…

June 13, 2017

Hegel And The Buddha in Popular Culture and Art, Part 1 (Dion Peoples)

The following is the first of a two-part series.  The second installment can be found here. In the world today all culture, all literature and art belong to definite classes and are geared to definite political lines. There is in fact no such thing as art for art’s sake, art…

May 16, 2017

The Ontology Of Doodling and Everyday Image-Work (Sergio Figueiredo)

“Consider what is at stake in our world today, registered in the basic fact that the anthropocene coincides with electracy. We notice immediately that prayer and engineering do not suffice, and no one doubts they are trying. We desire effective change but are not able, we cannot despite our will and knowledge. Here…