Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy

Program

Visual Arts

Supervisor

Sky Glabush

Abstract

This dissertation takes up a particular problematic between formal aesthetic content and discontent (political and aesthetic). This is done in two ways: directly through examining the work of Robin Collyer from 1973-1985 and the writings of Philip Monk, and indirectly through my own practice. While Part One is a written thesis, Part Two documents elements of my material practice developed over the course of my PhD studies: it is the research and working material culminating in the exhibition OUT OF ORDER. The period of time that I write about (1973-1985) and the location (Toronto) is one where thinking, action and art making appeared to collide with a pronounced ontological need—a moment whose paradoxes make it a compelling site for my own artistic practice to ground itself.


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