Art Practice as Research
Inquiry in Visual Arts
- Graeme Sullivan - Pennsylvania State University, USA
Educational Research Methods | Qualitative Research (General) | Research Methods (General)
“F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said that the test of a 'first rate intelligence' is 'the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind and still retain the ability to function.'
In this book, his magnum opus, artist and scholar Graeme Sullivan shows us a first rate mind at work. He convincingly straddles the often wide gaps between art and science, mind and body, research and practice, teaching and doing, traditional and postmodern views of education and of art, creative and critical thinking. Indeed, as his enigmatic title indicates, he is actually able to keep three usually disparate concepts—art, research, and practice—in mind at the same time. Through his skilled use of compelling sidebars and apt illustrations, Sullivan shows that he can practice what he preaches. I have been arguing with and learning from Graeme for thirty years and am grateful that he has the opportunity to share his provocative ideas and insights with a wider readership. Indeed, whether or not we agree with every contention, he heightens our own intelligences.”
This is an excellent text and I have recommend to students who are engaged in arts-informed and alternate research practices.
This would be great for a graduate level course; I was considering it for an undergraduate general education course and it's not a good enough fit. Good book, though!
Offers an approach to developing interpretation that is simultaneously profound and accessible. This has been a great addition to my Media Criticism class.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 4 - Art Practice as Research