Dr Christian Mieves

Course Leader Fine Art, Painting and Printmaking, and Sculpture and Environmental Art

Christian Mieves
Email address: Christian.Mieves@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 328542 Location: MK707 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: Wolverhampton School of Art Areas of expertise: Fine Art, Painting

About

Christian Mieves is a painter and cultural theorist. He was born in Germany, where he completed his first degree. He holds a PhD in Fine Art (2009) and an MFA (2005) from Newcastle University (UK), both funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council). His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the UK, Germany, Spain and Mexico. He has presented research papers at international conferences and symposia, as well as co-organising the international conferences Revisiting the Beach (Newcastle University, July 2009) and Working Wonder  which will take place in June 2013 at Newcastle University.

Research themes in Christian’s work to date have included the beach and other border spaces as metaphors for semantically uncertain fields, the trope of cannibalism, and representations of the exotic and Arcadia. He has published journal articles on the work of Tuymans and Dana Schutz and is currently preparing articles on the concept of ‘wonder’ in visual art, and on Goya’s Saturno devorando a su hijo (1819-1823), as well as a co-authored piece on the carnivalesque in the work of Peter Doig and Chris Ofili.

His current work focuses on the idea of erosion, especially in city environs and with regard to found, arbitrary objects. This has allowed him to explore the conceptual resonances of some of his earlier work on liminal and ambiguous spaces and to develop new trajectories for questioning the limits of representation in painting and related media. He deals with this topic on both a formal ‘painterly’ level (the breaking up of the image surface), and more broadly in the decaying or disappearance of the object as a broader thematic.

Course leader Fine Art

Links:

Dirty Practice Symposium

http://fineartwolverhampton.co.uk/dirtypractice/

Erosion and illegibility

http://fineartwolverhampton.co.uk/erosionsymposium/

Revisiting the Beach

http://conferences.ncl.ac.uk/beachconference/

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2013/14

  • Galerie der Stadt Mainz, Mainz, Germany.

2012

  • Erosion, St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University, UK.
  • Erosion, Duckett & Jeffreys Gallery, Malton, UK.

2011

  • Erosion of Bodies, Spaces and Materials, Constantine Gallery, Middlesbrough, UK.

2010

  • Perdidos, Xunta de Galicia, Lugo, Spain.
  • Wrecked on a Desert Island, Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington, UK.

2009

  • On the Beach, South Square Gallery, Bradford, UK.

2008

  • On the Edge, Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City, Mexico.

Group Exhibitions

2009

  • Ex-Libris Gallery, Newcastle University, UK.

2008

  • ArtSway, Sway, UK.

2008

  • Phoenix Gallery, Exeter, UK.

Awards/Grants

2013/14

  • Early Researcher Award Scheme (ERAS), University of Wolverhampton

2009

  • AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Student-Led Initiative ‘Revisiting the Beach’, Conference and Exhibition 

2008

  • Travel Grant, AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council).

2006

  • AHRC (3 Years PhD Programme).

2004

  • Bartlett Scholarship, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

2003

  • AHRC, UK (2 Years Master Programme).

Other Activities:

2015

  • Organiser of the Painting Initative Dirty Practice/ Painting Workshop (June 2015, University of Wolverhampton)
  • http://fineartwolverhampton.co.uk/dirtypractice/

2014

  • Organiser of the Symposium Erosion and Illegibility of Images, The New Art Gallery Walsall, 31 Oct 2014, with participation of Jane and Louise Wilson, Idris Khan, Maria Chevska. http://www.fineartwolverhampton.co.uk/erosionsymposium/
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Visual Art Practice (JVAP), Taylor and Francis.
  • Deputy Research Cluster Leader, Material and Theoretical Practice (MTP) Research Cluster, University of Wolverhampton.
  • Supervisor of one PhD student.

2013

  • Co-organiser of the International conference Working Wonder, 14 June 2013, Newcastle University.  

2009

  • Co-organiser of the International conference ‘Revisiting the Beach’, 3 July 2009, Newcastle University (funded by AHRC and NIASSH (Newcastle Institute for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities).

2009

  • Curator of ‘Revisiting the Beach’, Ex-Libris Gallery,
  • Newcastle, 3-17 July 2009.

Publications

Book:

  • 2017: Mieves Christian and Irene Brown (eds) Wonder in Contemporary Artistic Practice. Routledge. (ISBN: 9781138855816).

Chapters, Articles: 

  • 2017: Christian Mieves and Maggie Ayliffe, ‘Dirty Practice: A Painting Workshop and the Hidden Curriculum’ in Ian Hartshorne, Donal Moloney, Magnus Quaife (eds) Teaching Painting, Black Dog. (ISBN: 978-1911164104).
  • 2017: Editor Special Issue Erosion and Illegibility of Images. Journal of Visual Art Practice JVAP (Taylor & Francis), forthcoming. 
  • 2016: De Jong, Nanette and Mieves, Christian (2016) ‘The Trope of Flattening and the Complexities of Difference: An Account of Trinidad Carnival,’ Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal: Vol. 13: 2. pp 1-26.
  • 2014: Mieves, Christian (2014) ‘Christian Mieves interviews Dana Schutz’. Turps Banana, Issue14, pp14-19 (ISSN: 1749-3994).
  • 2013: Mieves, Christian (2013) ‘Unfinished Bodies, Bodies at Work and Frank from Observation: Figure and Ground in the work of Dana Schutz. European Journal of American Culture 32.1, pp 79-96. (ISSN: 17589118).DOI: 10.1386/ejac.32.1.79_1.
  • 2013: Mieves, Christian (2013) ‘Distant Toys, Dissected Bodies and Reality TV: Luc Tuymans and Painting in the Age of Ritual and New Media.’ International Journal of Arts and Technology 6.3. pp 297- 316. DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2013.055396.
  • 2010: Mieves, Christian (2010) ‘Traces and Erosion: A Case Study of the Beach in Contemporary Art Making’, Journal of Visual Art Practice, 9.3, pp 273-290 (ISSN1470-2029). DOI:10.1386/jvap.9.3.273_1.
  • 2010: Mieves, C. (2010) Co-editor of special issue Revisiting the Beach, Journal of Visual Art Practice, 9.3 (ISSN 1470-2029).

Publications

  • Mieves, C. and Brown, I. (2017) (eds) Wonder in Contemporary Artistic Practice. Routledge. (ISBN: 9781138855816).
  • Mieves, C. (2013) Unfinished Bodies, Bodies at Work and Frank from Observation: Figure and Ground in the work of Dana Schutz, European Journal of American Culture, 32.1, pp 79-96. (ISSN: 17589118).
  • Mieves, C. (2010) Co-editor of special issue Revisiting the Beach, Journal of Visual Art Practice, 9.3 (ISSN 1470-2029).
  • Mieves, C. (2010) ‘Traces and Erosion: A Case Study of the Beach in Contemporary Art Making’, Journal ofVisual Art Practice, 9.3, pp 273-290 (ISSN1470-2029).

Edited Works: Journals

  • Mieves, C. (forthcoming 2016/17) Editor Special Issue Erosion and Illegibility of Images. Journal of Visual Art Practice JVAP (Taylor & Francis).

Journals

  • Mieves, C. (2014) ‘Christian Mieves interviews Dana Schutz’. Turps Banana, Issue14, pp14-19 (ISSN: 1749-3994).
  • Mieves, C. (2013) ‘Distant Toys, Dissected Bodies and Reality TV: Luc Tuymans and Painting in the Age of Ritual and New Media’, International Journal of Arts and Technology, 6.3, p. 297-316, DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2013.055396.

Conference Presentations/Public Talks

  • Mieves, C. (2014) ‘Electric Mud: Digital Art, Bad Painting and the Return of the Artist’. New Materialist Methodologies: Gender, Politics, the Digital, 25-26 Sept 2014, Barcelona.
  • Mieves, C. (2014) ‘Illegible Paintings: Blocked Vision and Self-reflexitity in Contemporary Painting in recent Works by Idris Kahn and David Schutter.’ What Images Do’, March 19 - 21, 2014, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.
  • Mieves, C. (2013) ‘Melancholy, creative process and inhibition: Saturn and contemporary artistic practice’. Melancholy Minds and Painful Bodies: Genealogy, Geography, Pathogeny, 9-11 July 2013, University of Liverpool.
  • Mieves, C. (2013) ‘Working Wonder: Fixation and Absorption in Contemporary Art.’, Working Wonder, organized by Irene Brown and Christian Mieves, 14 June 2013, Newcastle University.
  • Mieves, C. (2013) ‘Blackening out: Material limits and Artistic Boundaries in the Work of Chris Ofili, Ad Reinhardt and Julian Schnabel.’ Movement, Aesthetics, Ontology IV Annual Conference on the New Materialisms, 16-17 May 2013, School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, University of Turku, Finland.
  • Mieves, C. (with Dr Nanette De Jong) (2012) ‘Transition, space and gender in the visual and acoustic realm. An interdisciplinary case study of Peter Doig’, Universidad Carlos III, 26-29 March, Madrid, Spain.
  • Mieves, C. (2011) Artist Talk, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK.
  • Mieves, C. (2010) Artist talk and workshops, Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington, UK.
  • Mieves, C. (2010) ‘Eroding the Urban’, International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, 14 June, Newcastle University, UK.         
  • Mieves, C. (2009) Artist talk, South Square Gallery, Bradford, UK.
  • Mieves, C. (2009) ‘Self-Eater: Gender, Sexuality and Cannibalism in the Work of Dana Schutz’; ‘Twixt Land and Sea: The Beach in Literature, Film and Cultural Theory’, 18-21 June, Bern University, Switzerland.
  • Mieves, C. (2009) ‘Materiality and Artistic Practice in Contemporary Painting’; ‘Creative Practice/Creative Research, Materiality, Process, Performativity’, 15-17 April, York St John’s University, UK.
  • Mieves, C. (2008) ‘Cannibalism in Contemporary Painting: A Case Study of Dana Schutz’; ‘Sex/ualities in and out of time’, 27-28 November, Edinburgh University, UK.
  • Mieves, C. (2008) ‘Creation and Destruction in Contemporary Art’; ‘Sexuality, Textuality, Image’, 12 September, Exeter University, UK.
  • Mieves, C. (2008) ‘The Beach: Liminal Spaces and Identities in Contemporary Art'; II Queer Studies Easter Symposium, 23-29 March, Mexico DF, Mexico.

Experience in industry

ARTIST TALKS AND ACADEMIC PAPERS 

  • 2016: ‘Dirty Practice: A Painting Workshops’, with Maggie Ayliffe, The Hidden Curriculum, NAFAE, Jan 2016, London.
  • 2015: ‘Dirty Practice and the Hidden Curriculum’, with Maggie Ayliffe, Teaching Painting Conference, 29th and 30th of October 2015, Manchester School of Art, Manchester.
  • 2014: ‘Electric Mud: Digital Art, Bad Painting and the Return of the Artist’. New Materialist Methodologies: Gender, Politics, the Digital, 25-26 Sept 2014, Barcelona.
  • 2014: ‘Illegible Paintings: Blocked Vision and Self-reflexitity in Contemporary Painting in recent Works by Idris Kahn and David Schutter.’ What Images Do’, March 19 - 21, 2014, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.
  • 2013: ‘Melancholy, creative process and inhibition: Saturn and contemporary artistic practice’. Melancholy Minds and Painful Bodies: Genealogy, Geography, Pathogeny, 9-11 July 2013, University of Liverpool. 
  • 2013: ‘Working Wonder: Fixation and Absorption in Contemporary Art.’, Working Wonder, organized by Irene Brown and Christian Mieves, 14 June 2013, Newcastle University.
  • 2013: ‘Blackening out: Material limits and Artistic Boundaries in the Work of Chris Ofili, Ad Reinhardt and Julian Schnabel.’ Movement, Aesthetics, Ontology IV Annual Conference on the New Materialisms, 16-17 May 2013, School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, University of Turku, Finland.
  • 2012: ‘Transition, space and gender in the visual and acoustic realm. An interdisciplinary case study of the painter Peter Doig.’ with Dr Nanette De Jong, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid , Spain. 26 to 29 March 2012.
  • 2011: Artist Talk (Visiting Artist), Teesside University, Middlesbrough (Jan. 2011).
  • 2010: Artist talk and artist workshops, Myles Meehan Gallery Darlington (July).
  • 2010: ‘Eroding the Urban’, International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, 14 June 2010, Newcastle University, UK. 
  • 2009: Artist talk, South Square Gallery, Bradford.
  • 2009: ‘Self-Eater: Gender, Sexuality and Cannibalism in the Work of Dana Schutz’, ‘Twixt Land and Sea: The Beach in Literature, Film and Cultural Theory’, 18-21 June 2009, Bern University, Switzerland.
  • 2009: ‘Materiality and Artistic Practice in Contemporary Painting’, ‘Creative Practice/Creative Research, Materiality, Process, Performativity’, 15-17 April 2009, York St John’s University, UK.
  • 2008: ‘Cannibalism in Contemporary Painting: A Case Study of Dana Schutz’, ‘Sex/ualities in and out of time’, 27-28 Nov 2008, Edinburgh University, UK.
  • 2008: ‘Creation and Destruction in Contemporary Art’, ‘Sexuality, Textuality, Image’, 12 Sept 2008, Exeter University, UK.
  • 2008: ‘The Beach: Liminal Spaces and Identities in Contemporary Art', II Queer Studies Easter Symposium, 23-29 March 2008, Mexico DF, Mexico.
Exhibitions:
  • 2017 Newbridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne (3 Feb – 4 March 2017).
  • 2013/14 Galerie der Stadt Mainz, Mainz, Germany, 29 Nov 2013 - 4 Jan 2014 (Solo).
  • 2012 St Cuthbert's College, Durham University, 14 Nov-15 Dec 2012 (Solo).
  • 2012 Duckett & Jeffreys Gallery, Malton, 31 Oct-30 Nov 2012 (Solo). 
  • 2011 Constantine Gallery, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, 10 Nov-16 Dec 2011 (Solo). 
  • 2010 Xunta de Galicia, Lugo, Spain, Sept 2010 (Solo).
  • 2010 Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington, UK, 4 June-30 July 2010 (Solo). 
  • 2009 South Square Gallery, Bradford, UK, 7-29 Nov 2009 (Solo).
  • 2009 Ex-Libris Gallery, Newcastle, UK, 3-17 July 2009.
  • 2009 Long Gallery, Newcastle University, UK, 28 April-4 May 2009 (Solo).
  • 2008 Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City, Mexico, 3-29 March 2008 (Solo).
  • 2008 ArtSway, Sway, UK, 6 Dec 2008 - 15 Feb 2009.
  • 2008 Phoenix Gallery, Exeter, UK, 18 Sept-5 Nov 2008.
  • 2008 University Gallery, Northumbria University, UK, Newcastle, 30 Aug-13 Sept 2008.
  • 2008 Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare, UK, 25 Jan-22 Feb 2008.
  • 2007 St Aidan's College, Durham University, Durham, UK, 26 Nov-16 Dec 2007 (Solo).
  • 2007 Red Wire, Liverpool, UK, 17 Nov-30 Nov 2007.
  • 2006 The Gallery, Gateshead, UK, edddd14 July-25 Aug 2006 (Solo).
  • 2005 Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, UK, 2-18 Sept 2005.
  • 2004 School of Architecture, Newcastle University, UK, May 2004 (Solo).
  • 2003 Kunstverein Walpodenstrasse, Mainz, Germany, Sept 2003. (Solo).
  • 2001 Kunstverein (Art Association) Dreieich, Frankfurt, Germany, May 2001.
  • 2000 Kunstverein Eisenturm (Art Association), Mainz, Germany, Jan 2000.

Further information

Member of the editorial board, Journal of Visual Art Practice (JVAP), Taylor and Francis.

Member of Arts and Humanities Review Panel, Newton Fund Programme.

British Council (2015-16).

Reviewer of  Journal of Visual Art Practice (JVAP).

Reviewer of the Journal of Contemporary Painting.

Examiner of practice-based PhDs (internal Examiner, University of Wolverhampton).

Deputy Research Cluster Leader, Material and Theoretical Practice (MTP) Research Cluster, University of Wolverhampton.

Organiser of the Symposium Erosion and Illegibility of Images, The New Art Gallery Walsall, 31 Oct 2014, with participation of Jane and Louise Wilson, Idris Khan, Maria Chevska. http://www.fineartwolverhampton.co.uk/erosionsymposium/.

Co-convener of the international conference ‘Working Wonder’ (2013), Newcastle University Conference website: http://conferences.ncl.ac.uk/wonderconference/.

Organiser oftheInternational conference ‘Revisiting the Beach’, 3 July 2009, Newcastle University (funded by AHRC and NIASSH (Newcastle Institute for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities)). Conference website: http://conferences.ncl.ac.uk/beachconference/.