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THURS 28 MAY, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, ONLINE

Michael Greaves

Migrant Objects, Material Intelligences and Conditions of Space



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The space that painting composes is both a space available for tangible looking and a projection of space that is emerging. It is a kind of space somewhat arranged outside of our conditions of meaning. Taken in isolation, the painted mark relates more to an abstract letterform, occurring on a plane and of that plane simultaneously. During 2019, I worked with an Iranian calligrapher on a project that considered the ways in which the space around calligraphy and its context is essential to the way in which the text is received. This contextual arrangement also occurs frequently in painting, and it is the confluence of these ideas that has become interesting to me in thinking about the nature of painting, and its operations. Beginning from a doodle on a yellow gumboot, my seminar will traverse some of the making questions that have occupied my thoughts in the making of the work associated with the publication from this collaboration, as well as the ways in which this work has now positioned me in thinking about the validity of making paintings that sidestep direct meaning in today’s saturated and didactic image world.


Born in Dunedin, Michael Greaves holds an MFA (with distinction) in Painting from the Otago Polytechnic, awarded in 2017, and a BA in Art History & Theory from the University of Otago. He has a growing exhibition record with work included in two recent shows in Berlin. His research and art are driven by the seemingly contradictory worlds of the maker, the object and the thing. His paintings combine the visual fact and the imaginary proposal of painting in a way that identifies a slippage in our visual sensations.

Published on 18 May 2020

Orderdate: 18 May 2020
Expiry: 30 May 2020