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Glick, Rodney 1990 , 'Document, Master of Fine Arts : coursework 1989-1990', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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During the last few years and including time spent in the post-graduate diploma
course at Curtin University, my work has increasingly been concerned with the
way meanings are constructed. I am particularly interested in the differences
between such categories of meaning as "serious" "humorous" etc and the
boundaries that exist in language which determines these categories. Much of
my work has been to subvert these boundaries and to create incidents or events
that are anomalous, that is, that which can't be easily placed in such a category.
For instance, visual puns to do with houses can be both serious and humorous
given the chance of being manipulated.
I am also interested in the way written or cypher language is translated to the
visual and again the potential of such translation for subversion i.e. "The Door is
ajar" can mean what it says and can look like the door as "a jar". It is the
translation of written or spoken grammar into the visual where I see much
potential and fun for making art.
Words and their meanings or mis-interpretations fascinate me. I want to play
with visual imagery in the same way punning, misquoting and generally
subverting the written language is used by authors to create humour.
In my current work I am building fifty snow shakers of the souvenir type. The
language structures of these popular almost kitch items interests me for their
ability to create humour and play. Firstly, I am working on the fact that these
items in themselves represent the type of mass imagery presented to us through
the use of the media where one image just blends into the next:- Mass produced
products create mass produced images and secondly the juxtaposition of written
and verbal language which often present say the name of a city or country with
an image set together inside the snow shaker. This relationship is usually open
to plenty of abuse!
Roland Bathes essay on the written text's ability to anchor the visual image is the
type of theory underpinning my work. Where the images are changed by their
relationship to written language. It is in this area that I am interested.
All this is conditional by my belief that art should be fun and work to create
communication between artist and audience.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Glick, Rodney
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1991. Includes bibliographical references

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