Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Program

Art and Visual Culture

Supervisor(s)

Kim Moodie

Abstract

Communicative Methodologies and Mechanisms in Public Art articulates my community based public art practice and MFA research based in London, Ontario. This dossier of research includes: a comprehensive artist statement, a case study and a documentation of artistic practice and development; in Chapters 1, 2, and 3 respectively. This written and photographic documentation is intended to represent my thesis exhibition. In the body of the thesis I look to my artist statement as a method and means to establish a framework in order to understand, analyze and evaluate public art. I feel that developing a framework that is in concert with the context of my experiences and areas of interest as a community based public artist in London Ontario Canada is essential in creating and maintaining a relevant, well informed and perhaps most importantly, an open-minded practice. I also look to my case study as a means to articulate and purvey the philosophical and theoretical framework of my practice.

Keywords: broad public, general public, stakeholder, stakeholder-ship, public art's aesthetic function, public art's cultural function, public art's socially symbolic function, procurement, placement, consultative methodology, communicative methodology, communicative mechanism, commodification, cosumerization, East Village Community, Jochen Gerz, Grant Kester, Rachel Whiteread, Lorain Leeson, Freemont Troll, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Daniel Hunting, Richard Serra, Ark Aid Street Mission.


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