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Art Practice as Research

Art Practice as Research
Inquiry in the Visual Arts

February 2005 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Art Practice as Research presents a compelling argument that the creative and cultural inquiry undertaken by artists is a form of research.

This text explores themes, practices and contexts of artistic inquiry and positions them within the discourse of research. Graeme Sullivan argues that legitimate research goals can be achieved by choosing different methods than those offered by the social sciences. The common denominator in both approaches is the attention given to rigor and systematic inquiry. Artists emphasize the role of the imaginative intellect in creating, criticizing, and constructing knowledge that is not only new but also has the capacity to transform human understanding.

Graeme Sullivan
Introduction: Reviewing Visual Arts Research
Changing Demands of Visual Arts Theory and Practice Graeme Sullivan
Limitations of Current Visual Research Methodologies Graeme Sullivan
Art Practice as Research Graeme Sullivan
Strategies for Using Art Practice as Research Graeme Sullivan
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Part 1: Contexts for Visual Arts Research
Contexts For Visual Arts Research
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1. Pigment to Pixel
The Enlightenment as a Research Project Graeme Sullivan
Promise of Progress Graeme Sullivan
Fractured Realities Graeme Sullivan
Conclusion Graeme Sullivan
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2. Paradigms Lost
Method as Truth Graeme Sullivan
Doubting Doctrines Graeme Sullivan
Conclusion Graeme Sullivan
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Part 2: Theorizing Visual Arts Practice
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3. Explanation, Understanding, and Beyond
Theorizing in Practice Graeme Sullivan
Theorizing Visual Arts as Practice-Based Research Graeme Sullivan
Theorizing Art Practice as Transformative Research Graeme Sullivan
Visual Arts Research Practices Graeme Sullivan
Conclusion Graeme Sullivan
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4. Visual Knowing
Visual Cognition Graeme Sullivan
Thinking Practices in the Visual Arts Graeme Sullivan
Visual Arts Knowing: A Framework Graeme Sullivan
Visual Arts as Transcognitive Practice Graeme Sullivan
A Case Study: Critical Influence Graeme Sullivan
Conclusion Graeme Sullivan
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5. Artist as Theorist
Sites of Practice Graeme Sullivan
Reemergence of the Artist-Theorist Graeme Sullivan
Critical Perspectives and Practices Graeme Sullivan
Conclusion Graeme Sullivan
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Part 3: Visual Arts Research Practices
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6. Practice as Theory
A Framework for Visual Arts Research Projects Graeme Sullivan
Visual Practice: Experiences Graeme Sullivan
Empirical Inquiry: Exercises Graeme Sullivan
Interpretive Discourse: Encounters Graeme Sullivan
Critical Process: Enactments Graeme Sullivan
Conclusion Graeme Sullivan
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Epilogue: Conclusions and Beginnings
Chipping Away Graeme Sullivan
Uncertain Conclusions Graeme Sullivan
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About the Author

“Sullivan challenges our assumptions about what constitutes research practices and in doing so presents a ground-breaking analysis for visual arts practice as research. This compelling image-text book opens the possibilities for the construction of new forms of knowledge in our increasingly visual world.”

Dipti Desai
New York University

“Sullivan provides a timely and excellent introduction to the emerging field of visual cognition and educational research.”

Pradeep Dhillon
University of Illinois

“In this rich and layered reflection on visual arts practice as research, Graeme Sullivan launches a passionate and convincing case that rewrites the definitions of ‘art’ and ‘research’ as it unapologetically claims for the visual arts the respect and admiration of the academy.”

Jessica Hoffman Davis
Harvard University

Art Practice as Research is long overdue. Graeme Sullivan eloquently crafts a methodology text and articulates for contemporary visual artist-researchers how arts practices are, in fact, rich forms of research inquiry.”

Rita L. Irwin
University of British Columbia, Canada

“Sullivan’s text is an important addition to the literature associated with research, critical inquiry, and arts education. I wish that such a text would have been available at the time that I was working on my dissertation. I will recommend it to my graduate students and colleagues.”

Doug Blandy
University of Oregon

"Sullivan has writen a complex, closely reasoned, and very detailed dargument about a topic that, at first glance, seems superfluous to anyone who has ever had the good fortune to observe serious artists seriously engaged in making their art...  Sullivan has created an excellent, even poetic, excercise in his own endeavor to share his understandings of the creative process."

W.S. Johnson
Monroe Community College
Choice Magazine

"I can recommend Sullivan's book for those who want a thorough overview of the field of inquiry in the visual arts. It is well structured and Sullivan presents many examples to illustrate his arguments."

Folkert Haanstra

"Art Practice As Research is encyclopedic in depth and scope of material supporting the author's vital thesis, and the vision of studio art as fully acknowledged academic research, may be elusive as the dragonfly."

Patricia M. Hancock
Maharishi University of Management

"The book eloquently explains research practices found in the art studio and argues that visual art research is grounded in the practices that come from art itself. This profound and visionary book . . . is an essential text for every research student of art and art education in art schools and schools of education."

Susan Paterson
University of Wales Institute, U.K.

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ISBN: 9781412905350