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The temporal conditions of the static image: Repetition as an engine of difference

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Publication date2/05/2018
Number of pages309
Awarding Institution
  • Newcastle Univ, Newcastle University
  • Jones, Christopher, Supervisor, External person
  • Talbot, Richard, Supervisor, External person
  • Newcastle University
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This practice-based research project addresses what might be considered a reasonably straightforward question: what, if anything, can be achieved in painting from what is often perceived to be a most unpromising strategy for the visual artist - that of repetition? The emergence of repetitive strategies in my own painting practice generated three questions that form the basis of a PhD project that examines the relations between repetition, time, and painting:
• How does repetition reposition the temporal conditions of the static painted image?
• What are the operational means of repetition as an engine of difference?
• How does repetition temporalise the space of its encounter?
This thesis proposes that repetition is not only a force that unlocks a multiplicity of incidences in both space and time, but that it is an engine of difference. In order to address the research questions, and substantiate these claims for repetition, a series of forty paintings titled Repetition from Reproduction were produced in order to be apprehended within what I have described as an open labyrinth, an installation space wherein Repetition from Reproduction are encountered both sequentially and simultaneously. The open labyrinth operates as a material field in which the temporal conditions of painting are tested.
Keywords: Repetition, Difference, Painting, Time, Space, Trompe L’Oeil, Labyrinths