Session: The letter and the Line: Representations of Writing in the Visual Art, UAAC, Carleton University, Ottawa, Oct. 27-29

full name / name of organization: 
Jakub Zdebik, University Art Association of Canada
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Session: The letter and the Line: Representations of Writing in the Visual Art

University Art Association of Canada, October 27-29th, 2011 at Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

Visual arts engage with writing on various levels: from Cy Twombly’s gauche scribbling to Sean Lander’s paintings of text; from Paul Klee’s interweaving of typography with landscapes to Marcel Duchamp’s use of puns; from Robert Rauschenberg’s depiction of postmodern allegories to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s use of strikethroughs.

Participants in this session are invited to consider the aesthetics of the written word within works of visual art following, for example, Lyotard’s philosophical analysis of the rift between visual and textual elements of painting in Discours, figure, Steinberg’s reorientation of the picture plane into a repository for information in “Other Criteria,” or Foucault’s diagrammatic juxtaposition of semiotic devices in This is not a Pipe.

Papers in this session will address how painting, conceptual art, and media art represent, use or critique the written word as an informational device or an aesthetic figure.

Please send a 200 words proposal for a 20 minutes paper by May 15th, 2011 to:
Dr. Jakub Zdebik

cfp categories: 
modernist studies