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Gunning, Lucy (2011) Decalcomania. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Gunning, Lucy

A proposed exhibition that evolves via process rather than theme, utilising our social networks and creating a collaborative curatorial model. The process follows rhizomatic growth where one stem of participants invites another, choosing artists from their social circle to form the body of an exhibition. This way we hope to move away from the singular creative subject and witness curatorial practice becoming an event.

Other Contributors:
ExhibitorChristoforidou, Maria
ExhibitorSmith, Laura
ExhibitorBirrell, Ross
ExhibitorBurton, Adam
ExhibitorCarvalho, Ana
ExhibitorColbert, Maile
ExhibitorHislop, Dominic
ExhibitorHodson, Mathew
ExhibitorTripp, Sarah
ExhibitorKim, Seungjung
ExhibitorNorman, Darren
ExhibitorPereira, Tiago
ExhibitorJones, Gethin Wyn
Additional Information (Publicly available):

Art: Decalcomania, from the French décalcomanie, is a decorative technique by which engravings and prints may be transferred to pottery or other materials. It was invented in England about 1750 and imported into the United States at least as early as 1865. Its invention has been attributed to Simon François Ravenet, an engraver from France who later moved to England and perfected the process he called “decalquer” (which means to copy by tracing). The first known use of the French term décalcomanie, in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Eleanor’s Victory (1863), was soon followed by the English decalcomania in an 1865 trade show catalog (The Tenth Exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association); it was popularized during the ceramic transfer craze of the mid-1870s. Today the shortened version is “Decal”.

The surrealist Oscar Domínguez (referring to his work as “decalcomania with no preconceived object”) took up the technique in 1936, using gouache spread thinly on a sheet of paper or other surface (glass has been used), which is then pressed onto another surface such as a canvas. Black gouache was originally used in Dominguez’s practice, though colours later made their appearance. Max Ernst also practiced decalcomania, as did Hans Bellmer and Remedios Varo.

Theory: The sixth principle of the rhizome – decalcomania – forming through continuous negotiation with its context, constantly adapting by experimentation, thus performing a non-symmetrical active resistance against rigid organization and restriction’(Deleuze and Guattari, Mille Plateaux).

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Curatorial practice, decalcomania
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 24 September 2011
Funders: Arts Council
Related Websites: http://www.newlynartgallery.co.uk/?Future+Exhibitions, http://decalcomaniaproject.wordpress.com/
Related Websites:
Related Publications: Decalcomania 50 page catalogue
Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
The Exchange Gallery, Princes Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2NLSeptember 2011October 2011
Material/Media: Video installation
Measurements or Duration of item: Screen a, 6 minutes, Screen b, 12 minutes
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2012 16:35
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2014 12:43
Item ID: 4110
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/4110

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