Jonathan VanDyke
Painters and Drag Queens
May 3, 2016
Lecture, with Response from Rit Premnath

The indexing of painting still depends upon certain exhausted (and exhausting) binaries: painting versus sculpture/photography/craft, the flat object versus the dimensional, painters versus others, et cetera, et cetera. The calcification of these categories is structural and systemic, rather than a reflection of a lived, funky, playful, moving, artful, made-up process. Could these binaries be permeated and unfixed? Might the unravelling of binaries of gender and sexuality point the way?

How might every encounter with a painting be a re-making of painting? Artist Jonathan VanDyke explores the performance of painting and the persona of painters. He proposes that painting is a point situated within a matrix that encompasses display, architecture, audience, institution, patronage, and provenance. He frames the marketplace and its recent outposts – art fairs, model apartments, online auctions – as a space of cash-and-carry theatricality and illusionism.

The talk will be followed with a response by artist Rit Prenmath.

May 3rd, 6 - 8pm
The Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall/Hoerle Lecture Hall
UL105, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, Lower Level

Photo: Jonathan VanDyke, My adopted artist Uncle Gary and my Mom's fur coat, found family photo, 1980's