Dr Simon Harris is a painter whose PhD research provides a distinct focus for a studio-based investigation. The main aim of the research is the re-negotiation of formalist modes of painting practice through an exploration of Gilles Deleuze’s philosophical processes. Contextually the research acknowledges the critiques of painting, specifically the genealogy of the pictorial plane as it advances from an Albertian perspective to a Modernist flatness and the Post-Modern arrest.
A framework for a Deleuzian investigative methodology has been developed, of which, the concepts of ‘haptic space’, ‘the fold’, ‘duration’ and ‘beauty’ have been explored. As methods these concepts have enabled research into constructing a mode of thinking through the idea of space, duration and the encounter within, upon and of painting. The notion of ‘haptic’ space as a visual touching of the surface and subsequent layers of space; and the concept of ‘the fold’ as the hinge between maker, surface and viewer provides a potential philosophical model employed in order to re-think the illusionist space in painting.
This research is presented to instigate an examination of the theoretical and practical issues of contemporary painterly space.
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