Objects of desire

Johnson, Rhiannan (2020) Objects of desire. Imprint, 55 (2). pp. 21-24. ISSN 0313-3907

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Abstract

'Objects of Desire' is an extension of selected concepts that are explored at length in Rhiannan Johnson's doctoral dissertation 'Disrupted Meaning: A study of subverting logic through artists' books' (University of Southern Queensland, 2014).

In this article, Johnson focuses on the potential for artist books, as derived from more traditional codex book objects, to activate a sense of desire in the viewer or reader. This is, in Lacanian terms, in response to a perceived lack, which Johnson asserts can be brought about by departures staged from the book as sequential narrative object. These departures can be based on content, material or structure, and can lead a viewer to engage with the book work in a different physical and conceptual manner, while simultaneously attempting to unite the object with their prior understanding of its function.

'Objects of Desire' outlines key characteristics of more conventional book objects, some ways in which these can be disrupted or subverted through artist books, how desire can become a driving force in the reinterpretation of and engagement with with art works that utilise the book as material, and how this can be understood in terms of reception, value and meaningful experience.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2020 05:27
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2020 04:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: art, printmaking, artist books, contemporary art, printmaking, mixed media art, art theory, narrative, visual narratives
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190103 Art Theory
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39831

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