Book Launch: Extended Painting – Mark Titmarsh

Dates & times

Thu 9 August 2018, 5pm–6pm


ANU Drill Hall Gallery

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Mark Titmarsh is both a practitioner and a thinker. ‘Expanded painting’ names both a moment in the history of painting as well as a specific set of stylistic determinations. Expanded painting calls upon the resources of both philosophy and history in order that it be understood. Titmarsh’s response to that call has led to a book that will be indispensable for any serious discussion of painting today.” – 

Andrew Benjamin, Professor of Philosophy, Monash University, Australia and Professor of Philosophy and the Humanities, Kingston University, UK.

The relevance of painting has been questioned many times over the last century, by the arrival of photography, installation art and digital technologies. But rather than accept the death of painting, Mark Titmarsh traces a paradoxical interface between this art form and its opposing forces to define a new practice known as ‘expanded painting’ giving the term historical context, theoretical structure and an important place in contemporary practice. As the formal boundaries tumble, the being of painting expands to become a kind of total art incorporating all other media including sculpture, video and performance.

In Expanded Painting, the practice of painting is considered from three different perspectives: ethnology, art theory and ontology. From an ethnological point of view, painting is one of any number of activities that takes place within a culture. In art theory terms, painting is understood to produce objects of interest for humanities disciplines. Yet painting as a medium often challenges both its object and image status, ‘expanding’ and creating hybrid works between painting, objects, screen media and text. Ontologically, painting is understood as an object of aesthetic discourse that in turn reflects historical states of being. Thus, Expanded Painting delivers a new kind of saying, a post-aesthetic discourse that is attuned to an uncanny tension between the presence and absence of painting.

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