Supports / Surfaces

andre_pierre_arnal_supports_surfacesRosemary O’Neill presented her paper, “The Installations of Supports/Surfaces: Focal Dispersion in a Collaborative Field,” as part of a panel, The Visual Arts in France after 1964?, at the joint meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) and the Mid-America College Art Association (MACAA) hosted by the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia from October 20-23, 2010.  The conference schedule included over one-hundred panels with scholars and artists represented from universities and colleges nationally.

Professor O’Neill’s presentation discussed Supports-Surfaces, a short-lived enterprise between artists located in Paris and Nice that concentrated on the practice and critical interrogation of painting with the aim of generating knowledge with political, pedagogical, and social potential.  Revolting against the individualistic conception and fetishization of art as a consumable product, the artists focused on the very material of art making and the collective and environmental effects of their ensemble works.



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