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Inspiration to Order

Fortnum, Rebecca (2006) Inspiration to Order. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Fortnum, Rebecca

Inspiration to Order is a paper based on the findings of an artists’ seminar, first presented in January 2005 at the Theorising Creativity Symposium, University of West of England. The accompanying exhibition addressed one of the central aims of the research: to create ways to investigate, document and publish both artists’ processes and outcomes. A pilot study to test methodologies of documentation asked whether 'new' technologies provide useful methods for documenting artists' processes, and what role a researcher plays in documenting artists' processes.

I worked with nine other artists to record the making process, and the documentation was exhibited alongside completed art works at California State University, Stanislaus Gallery and the Winchester Gallery, Southampton University. A further context for discussion was provided by a two-day symposium ‘Visual Intelligence and the Sense of Art’, at California Sate University, convened by the University’s Philosophy and Art departments where I presented a paper, and chaired a gallery discussion at Wimbledon College of Art.

Additional Information (Publicly available):

Rebecca Fortnum

Research Interests

Painting, Documentation, Visual Intelligence, Feminism

Rebecca Fortnum read English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford before gaining an MFA from Newcastle University and taking up a fellowship at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, USA.

With a distinguished history of teaching in the arts, Rebecca Fortnum has been a Visiting Fellow in Painting at Plymouth University and at Winchester School of Art; Visiting Artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Senior Lecturer at Norwich School of Art and Wimbledon School of Art; and Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University and Central St Martins School of Art. She is currently Senior Lecturer at Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts, London and Research Fellow at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University.

She has received numerous awards throughout her career as a visual artist, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the British Council, the Arts Council of England, the British School in Rome and the Art and Humanities Research Council. She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, The Winchester Gallery, Kapil Jariwala Gallery, London, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, The Drawing Gallery, London and Gallery 33, Berlin; her work has been shown in group shows in New York, Maine, Budapest, Salzburg, Marseilles and Gdansk as well as numerous UK exhibitions. Recent group shows include 'Fluent: painting and words' (2002) at Centenary Gallery, London and 'Unframed: the politics and practices of women's contemporary painting' at Standpoint Gallery, London in 2004. Artist, writer, curator and researcher, she has contributed to various conferences, journals, magazines and books and was instrumental in founding the artist run spaces Cubitt Gallery and Gasworks Gallery in London.

Artists Statement

"My current research has evolved from my visual art practice, writing and curatorial work and includes the following:
 A chapter in 'Unframed: the politics and practices of women's contemporary painting' (ed Rosemary Betterton) entitled 'Seeing and Feeling': By positing the notion of the spectator as 'the site where the work happens' I explore the 'choreography' of the viewer. My account of the viewer's engagement positions 'looking...as a serial activity' that unfolds over time and is 'materially situated'. I also raise the question of the ethical relations between the artist, the work and her audience.
 My book, 'Contemporary British Women Artists: in their own words', (I.B. Tauris 2006), contains the interviews made during an AHRC research project. The book documents an important and influential sample of contemporary British women artists' thought. My introduction to the book reflects on the interviews themselves, drawing out issues of the artist's influences and processes.
 My curatorial project 'Inspiration to Order' is one outcome of the Visual Intelligences Research Project, an initiative within the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts that I have lead since 2004. Visual intelligence is used here to investigate the way visual artists think and make and the relationship between their thinking and making. Its overarching research question asks if documenting and evaluating artists' processes can demonstrate visual intelligence. The exhibition 'Inspiration to Order' documents artists' processes and outcomes.
 My exhibition at The Drawing Gallery, London in 2005, contained two series of works. The 'Rococo' series examined earlier critical accusations of decorativeness and the uncanny nature of symmetry. The work attempts to explore the emotional resonances of the purely decorative in order to ask questions about its communicative powers. A second series 'Lyric', incorporates disjointed lyrics and continues an earlier enquiry about the nature of looking and reading visual works."

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
Date: 9 October 2006
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Event Location: California State University, USA
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California State University, USA
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2009 12:43
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2014 10:54
Item ID: 869
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/869

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