Parasitical paintings

Bracey, Andrew (2018) Parasitical paintings. Journal of Contemporary Painting, 4 (2). pp. 325-344. ISSN 2052-6695

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This article will explore three parasitical terms – mooch, commensal and mutualist – as models that can be applied to recent instances of contemporary painting practices that use historical painting as a catalyst for new works. There will be a brief introduction to the terminology of the parasite, the conceptual position of the parasitical painter and to Michel Serres’ notion of the parasite. The research is driven by the perspective of the author’s painting practice, which will be discussed, alongside an analysis of Pavel Büchler, Yelena Popova and Hans-Peter Feldmann’s work, in relation to different types of parasitical painting practices. Artists such as those explored in this text have reached beyond established notions of appropriation to use existing paintings as primary material in their work. The act of doing something to existing paintings opens up questions over value, re-imag(in)ing, distortion, re-use, rejuvenation, re-evaluation and originality, among many others. The article closes with speculations for future investigation; through notions of interrupting the interrupter and the switching of roles form the influenced to the influencer.

Keywords:painting, parasites, parasitical painting, contemporary painting, art, appropriation
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
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ID Code:27813
Deposited On:12 Jul 2017 15:07

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