Monday, January 25, 2016

Assignment 2: Autopoeisis

For our second assignment, we are using Barry Schwabsky's essay in Dana Schutz's monograph titled "Autopoesis in Action" as a theoretical basis for our painting. Autopoesis refers to a system capable of reproducing and maintaining itself. Schwabsky relates this phenomenon to Schutz's paintings (specifically the Self-Eaters series); figures inhabiting the space of the painting who consume, destroy, and recycle themselves. I like this idea and it is a poignant commentary on the state of painting today. Representational and abstract painting combine to create an image that goes beyond a picture, but also it an idea of what painting is: like a self-critique. The painting exists to criticize itself.
What about:
1. a portrait that couldn't exist in real space? or a portrait that could only exist in a painting?
2. a portrait that creates itself? what would that depict?
3. what would a painting paint?

Self Eater 3, Dana Schutz

Eye Eater, Dana Schutz

Face Eater, Dana Schutz
Also I <3 comment-3--="" dana="" schutz=""> . . . and I don't own the copyright to any of these images.

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