ISSN: 20526695
First published in 2015
2 issues per volume
Volume 4 Issue 1
Cover Date: April 2018
The discursive array: Towards a politics of painting as time–space production
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Authors:  John Chilver 
DOI: 10.1386/jcp.4.1.81_1

Daniel Buren,Lucy McKenzie,David Joselit,indexicality,expanded painting,the 1%,site specificity,discursive assemblages

Modernist articulations of time in painting – based on phenomenological approaches – are not viable today. The adequate recipient of today’s accelerated information flows is more machinic than human: human perception is no longer adequate to technological temporalities. Painting ought now to approach time in registers other than the perceptual. Rejecting the terms of MoMA’s ‘The Forever Now’ exhibition, the argument turns to Buren’s notion of the in situ as a valuable attempt to re-think painting as time–space production. But Buren’s position is based on flaws in his ‘Function of the studio’ essay, and ends up supplying architectural decoration for urban redevelopment that is a far cry from his youthful ambitions. The text then considers conflations of in situ with discursive production in Gillick and Bourriaud. After a critical reading of Joselit’s ‘Painting beside itself’ essay, artworks by Merlin Carpenter, Jutta Koether and Lucy McKenzie are examined. McKenzie’s recent work devises fruitful tactics for interweaving affective opacities and discursive frames. McKenzie is able to play with rhetorics of in situ production without succumbing to reductive understandings of site and authenticity, and without conflating time–space production with discursive production. Such a discursive array can elaborate the dissonances between the discursive and the affective.
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