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David Stone Martin – possible PhD



Clancy Hayes Sings - Verve Records 1957

I have just submitted a PhD application to Nottingham University potentially around the subject of David Stone Martin and racism. We shall see if it gets anywhere but meanwhile I have begun my David Stone Martin collection with this Verve record of Clancy and the Lu Watters band from post-war San Francisco. A white take on Dixie Land and Trad music and Clancy Hayes seems to have been quite a character himself.

Leaving aside questions of cultural appropriation….it would be impossible in this field of white jazz enthusiasts to ignore some of those questions.. a bit like my discomfort over Larkin’s jazz writings…still a interesting object. I recognised Martin’s style immediately although a good few post-war British jazz illustrators seem to derive elements of their work from his style e.g. Trog (Wally Fawkes of the Humprey Lyttleton Band) and Diz Disley ( folk ) on to Paul Oliver’s blues images. There a definate chapter there on just U.K. music illustration and cartooning.

Here an example Diz Disley U.K. issue of a Miles Davis album



Esquire U.K. 1955

Lionel Bart – Oliver

 

I am taking my art research forward into a new and more personal area..specifically record sheet/ sleeve illustration and drawing of the 19th and 20th century.

I can honestly say I have been researching the field for almost 50 years ever since I purchased this my first ever LP about the age of 11 in 1972.

Lionel Bart’s Oliver on MFP still have a copy….

The Decca version has nice illustration by what appears to be Denis Wrigley who went on to illustrate children’s books.

After posting on here the next day I found a very good copy complete with the exact same theatre programme with same design….

Ask and you shall receive 😉

Illustration Research: David Stone Martin

 

As a step forward in resetting my compass I have been researching a neglected but interesting 20th Century American illustrator David Stone Martin.

Further information available here:

http://ephemerapress.com/mary-lou-williams-and-david-stone-martin.html

http://www.birkajazz.com/archive/stonemartin.htm

 

Moogee cited in a philosophy PhD thesis in Canada…Google Scholar

The dog done well ..now has two Google Scholar citations for the Grey Ravens paper in AHHE. 🙂

A philosophical dog no less..

Full text available here: http://theses.ucalgary.ca/handle/11023/2188

My thanks to Christopher Willard for making me feel wanted 😉

He is apparently Head of Alberta College of Art

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Willard

https://acad.ca/faculty-staff/faculty/dr-christopher-willard

 

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Citations viewable here: https://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?cites=523202295685575175&as_sdt=2005&sciodt=0,5&hl=en

Daily Doodles 2015

The Art Object Revisited

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Yoon Bahk scribing of the lecture as delivered...scribing of scribing..she found it a bit difficult :-)

 

This ‘redrawing’ of Hockney’s Rake’s Progress was what I delivered at the DRN Conference in New York in 2013.

https://www.scribd.com/doc/182612367/The-art-object-in-search-of-new-knowledge-The-rakes-progress

(downloadable)

Andrew Love provided an animation of Duchamp’s Urinal floating out Space Odyssey 2001 style to meet the plinth of ‘new knowledge’…to accompany it.

I now preparing some ‘notes’ to explain the sequence as there was no paper deliberately…it was a visual essay.

It examined the search for embodied ‘new knowledge’ as defined by Frayling in terms of where it located in an art object as ‘communicable’…I argued that this visual essay was both art work and textual therefore contained that communicable knowledge….in other words here is proof in the actual pudding of the presentation…

It sat alongside an American presenter who had produced a PhD in Graphic Novel form on same premise…..a bit ahead of myself here but it was pretty unique….still is.

 

 

Frayling paper published

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The Arts Humanities in Higher Education ‘new voice’ paper ‘ Can grey ravens fly: Beyond Frayling’s categories’ has finally been published to paper in latest copy of journal.

It appears in a special issue devoted to ‘Theorising Practice in Creative and Applied Arts’. It is alongside a range of papers presented at the ‘Practice Makes Perfect Conference’ at Swansea Metropolitan University in September 2012. I would like to thank Howard Riley and Amanda Roberts for their kindness there and for giving me this opportunity.

It is my first main journal publication after a couple of conference papers in proceedings.

at: http://ahh.sagepub.com/content/13/3/235.abstract

The pdf is available through download from SAGE website if subscribed through institution and I can share with colleagues in private so please request. I cannot post separately on internet for copyright reasons.

If interested in abstracts and other my research please go to

ACADEMIA EDU : https://nottinghamtrent.academia.edu/ShaunBelcher# 

Studio Diary M.A. : That’s all folks and a chapter on Moogee

Surprise of the week was news that Moogee had his own chapter in a new Loughborough/UAL/Teachers Columbia publication 🙂

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M.A. ASSESSMENT

This is the final entry in the studio diary section as I will be assessed on my M.A. this Wednesday afternoon. To prepare for this I have created the pdf below and uploaded to Scribd detailing the progress made throughout the M.A. and the final outcomes at this point.

Where I go from here is a good question and not one I can answer easily.

There are three separate yet overlapping areas I have become deeply interested in.

1. Drawing research ; phenomenology of drawing and in particular an interest in sense of place and notions of ‘signature’ in terms of preparatory drawings especially in Gorky,  Miro up to Motherwell and Twombly all developing out of the surrealism and dada influence on mid-century American painting.

2. Early film/photography and magazine culture of the 18th Century/early 19th century and its relation to current developments in web. I have a paper to present in Paris on Charles Dickens magazine illustration end of March and I will be concentrating on that alone from now until then.

3. The continuation of this research into artistic research theory/philosophy of aesthetics and its dissemination through fine art pedagogy.

All three are possible PhD subject matter and how my institution views my future will probably have a major bearing on where I go.

My heart though probably in number one…..my head in number three and my teaching future at present tied up somewhere in number  two whether I like it or not…….

Interesting times ahead 🙂

Meanwhile I’d like to thank Deborah Harty for her very good supervision and for stopping me going off-track all the time or as they like to say in academia develop ‘focus’. Focused I am right now but come Thursday who knows:-)
please note the backgrounds have distorted in this display.

 

James Elkins Carnegie Lecture

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James Elkins is giving the Carnegie Lecture in Edinburgh Friday and I understand he may use some of my drawings in the event.

Studio Diary: James Elkins illustrations complete.

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James Elkins illustrations..half way through when this photo taken in studio…completed today there 12 in all which will illustrate the 2nd Edition of his book ‘Artists with PhDs’ which has been revised and made larger.I had the pleasure of illustrating my ex-Dean and others. No detailed pictures as want to be surprise in book when it published. Thanks to Jim for allowing me to do this.

This series completes the third drawn sequence that I will be submitting for my M.A. assessment next Wednesday 22nd January. At the age of 55 I will finally get a Fine Art M.A. to add to the B.A. which I received a very long time ago….1981 in fact which 32 years ago! Unbelievable.

Further info. HERE:  James Elkins Website

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