Julia Crabtree and William Evans Pl(a)y the Abstract Line

  • Online event
  • Wednesday, 1 December 2021
  • Lecture by Dr Laura U. Marks, starting at 6pm. Programmed alongside the exhibition Julia Crabtree and William Evans: Slip.

Julia Crabtree and William Evans’ glass and ceramic works liberate line and shape to release unforeseen singularities. Their deep collaboration with materials, guided by a rigorous playfulness, liberate abstract lines - lines that don’t describe a pre-existing idea but express the creativity of process.

In this talk Laura U. Marks (Simon Fraser University) looks at the inherent humour in the work of Julia Crabtree and William Evans. Contextualizing their practice with Deleuze and Guattari’s metallurgical philosophy and the medieval alchemy of Jābir ibn Hayyān (who wrote, “The exterior of a body is manifest, whereas its interior is latent, and it is the latter in which lies the benefit”), she explains why she finds these artworks so funny.

About the speaker

Laura U. Marks works on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus and an emphasis on appropriate technologies. Her new book, Enfolding-Unfolding Aesthetics: From Your Body to the Cosmos, is under contract with Duke University Press. Marks co-founded the Substantial Motion Research Network and leads the Small File Media Festival and the research group Tackling the Carbon Footprint of Streaming Media. Marks teaches in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

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