Research Booklist

Listed as most recent revision first.

Revision/additions 21 August.

Mental Health

Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me
Bobby Baker

Embracing the Ordinary
Michael Foley

The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes It Hard to Be Happy
Michael Foley

Touched With Fire: Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
Kay Redfield Jamison

Society

One Million Tiny Plays About Britain
Craig Taylor

Artists

Modern Art Asia Issue 9: Yayoi Kusama

Datebooks, 1964/65
Eva Hesse

Art Theory

But Is It Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory
Cynthia Freeland

Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism
Matei Calinescu

Kitsch in Sync : A Consumer’s Guide to Bad Taste
Peter Ward

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1.3 Studio Practice Reading List    Amelia Wilson  12 June
Following on from the last module, I have become fascinated with peril, disgust and desire – wanting something you know is dangerous or finding something that disgusts us enticing. I am intrigued by consumerism (coming from both sides of the topic through my job and as a consumer) as a peril as well as other more traditional ‘deadly sins’. My overall intention for this module is to explore need vs want more closely – and whether humans are the only ones that suffer from this. This has stemmed from looking at some theories as to why so many people in the developed world suffer from depression (this is what Affluenza is about). I am currently not happy to explore my own personal depression any further, as per my discussions with Angela during 1.4.
Disgust
When Angela suggested looking at Cathy de Monchaux’s work we talked about how something could be exquisite, yet disgust us at the same time. So I wanted to look into what disgust is and why we feel it. This will inform how I can make work with an edge of disgust that is based on sound research that will have a universal impact.
That’s Disgusting: Unravelling the Mysteries of Repulsion    Rachel Herz
Peril
When looking at peril, I have been looking at living things that appear innocuous, but are deadly. The plant and sealife books will be used to look at animals and plants that are deadly to us and animals in ways we do not usually think of. These will be used as references/springboards for forms, functions and mechanisms.
Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things    Ellen Lupton
The Natural History Book    DK
Growing Carnivorous Plants    Barry A Rice
The Curious World of Carnivorous Plants:     Wilhelm Barthlott, Stefan Porembski,
A Comprehensive Guide to Their Biology and Cultivation    Rudiger Seine, Inge Theisen
Underwater Eden (365 Days Series)    Jeffrey L. Rotman
Consumerism
Affluenza    Oliver James
Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction     Edward Craig
Less is More: Spirituality for Busy Lives    Brian Draper
Artists and Theory
Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art     Maria Elena Buszek
Looking at the theories around the boundaries between fine art and craft.
Grayson Perry: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl    Wendy Jones, Grayson Perry
I have also chosen Grayson Perry to look at as I relate to his work a lot. I find he has a lot of interesting things to say – both as an artist and in his work. I relate to his working practices as I came from a ceramics background. Most of all, he is a social commentator and expresses much interest in the borders between craft and fine art. The more I see of him and his practice, the more I relate to him.
Louise Bourgeois (Modern Artists Series)     Ann Coxon
The Art of Not Making: The New Artist/Artisan Relationship    Michael Petry
The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine    Rozsika Parker
Art & Today    Eleanor Heartney
(Concentrating on the chapter Art & Nature and Technology
with interest in the Art & Popular Culture chapter)
The Grove Book of Art Writing:     Martin Gayford
Brilliant Words on Art from Pliny the Elder to Damien Hirst
Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art:    Kristine Stiles
A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings
Making Contemporary Art: How Today’s Artists Think and Work    Linda Weintraub
Contemporary Textiles: The Fabric of Fine Art     Janis Jefferies and
To inform my knowledge of contemporary textile artists               Bradley Quinn, Nadine Monem
Textile Perspectives in Mixed-Media Sculpture     Jac Scott
To inform my knowledge of contemporary textile artists
Magazines and journals (I have subscriptions to these – so read them anyway)
Oh Comely
Art of England
Felt Matters
Selvedge
AN
Events – Southbank Centre Wide Open School
Attending these events means I get an insight into how other artists practice (which Angela said I should look at) as well as informing my own work and challenging ideas I may hold. I have chosen events that look at 3d work and textiles as well as the event to challenge how I look at things.
Still Being: a conversation about time in art – Anthony Gormley in     12 June
conversation with Michael Newman
Tracey Emin in conversation with Jeanette Winterson    26 June
Vertical Flâneur : A Journey Through Non-Linear Space and Time  – 4 July    Pedro Lasch
Held on board of a capsule of the EDF Energy London Eye, this workshop on non-linear space and time will combine live aerial views from the EDF Energy London Eye with the use of optical and perceptual devices designed by Pedro Lasch.
Vita Activa – 7 July    Haegue Yang
Haegue Yang hosts a day-long workshop of knitting and origami. In the morning participants begin with a session of origami and then in the afternoon move on to knitting. The class undertake these activities alongside the artist and instructors from local knitting and origami associations.Through the low-key activities carried out in small groups, the course explores how learning is ‘unfolded and woven amongst the participants’. By deliberately shunning ‘frontal lecturing’ and the ‘high pressure of productivity’ participants become involved in an exercise of domesticizing the institution’.
Film/TV
I am also regularly informed by watching arts television. Particularly pertinent to the above are:

  • In the Best Possible Taste – Grayson Perry on Channel 4 currently
  • The Greatest Movie Ever Sold – Morgan Spurlock (this looks at advertising and product placement and how pervasive this is in the USA.)
  • Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine – on Sky Arts 1

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1.3 Studio Practice Reading List    Amelia Wilson
Art & Today    Eleanor Heartney
(Concentrating on the chapter Art & Nature and Technology)
The Grove Book of Art Writing:     Martin Gayford
Brilliant Words on Art from Pliny the Elder to Damien Hirst
That’s Disgusting: Unravelling the Mysteries of Repulsion    Rachel Herz
Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things    Ellen Lupton
Affluenza    Oliver James
The Natural History Book    DK
Growing Carnivorous Plants    Barry A Rice
The Curious World of Carnivorous Plants:     Wilhelm Barthlott, Stefan Porembski,
A Comprehensive Guide to Their Biology and Cultivation    Rudiger Seine, Inge Theisen
A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney     Martin Gayford
Underwater Eden (365 Days Series)    Jeffrey L. Rotman
Leigh Bowery: The Life and Times of an Icon    Sue Tilley

Always on the list
Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art:    Kristine Stiles
A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings
Making Contemporary Art: How Today’s Artists Think and Work    Linda Weintraub
Imagine: How Creativity Works    Jonah Lehrer
How to be an Artist    Michael Atavar
Pattern, Colour and Form: Creative Approaches by Artists    Carolyn Genders
Surfaces and Textures: A Visual Sourcebook    Polly O’Neil
Felt to Stitch: Creative Felting for Textile Artists    Sheila Smith
Ways of Seeing (Penguin Modern Classics)    John Berger
The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine    Rozsika Parker

Books that have directed this selection
Body Landscapes    Rebecca Horn
Tailleur du Coeur: An Artist’s Book    Rebecca Horn
Annette Messager    Sheryl Conkelton, Carol S. Eliel
The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman    Grayson Perry
Drawn to Stitch    Gwen Hedley
Connecting Art to Stitch    Sandra Meech

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