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PhD American Studies – October 2018

 

I today officially accepted a place on a PhD in American Studies at Nottingham University commencing October 2018.

Ever since I was awarded an M.A. in Fine Art in January 2014 I have been working towards this outcome.

It has been a bumpy four years and a lot of spilt milk and broken plans in between not to mention some life-changing events which only my close friends know about but which have had enormous impact.

It has also been a learning curve about modern academia and the role of funding (especially for people over 50) and I am hopeful that this part-time PhD will be partly funded by a scholarship which I have also applied for whereby I help students in return for a half-fee waiver.

The subject of the PhD is close to my heart i.e. Illustration/ Music/Politics and as such a near perfect fit after many different approaches and options.

I have been through three PhD interviews, been accepted twice before (Loughborough and UAL St Martins) and had my fair share of academic arrogance and sheer stupidity to deal with…BUT..I have made it through and slowly built a very good proposal from the ashes of those previous attempts.

I am especially grateful to Dr Ian Waites at Lincoln University for his encouragement and constant support. The very fine Thames based proposal we built together will now go forward in a entirely poetic form as a part of a TRACK project revolving around Thames/ Trent locations. I also would like to thank Professor David Matless at N.U. for encouragement and helping write a very decent historical cultural geography proposal which again feeds into the TRACK poetry project.

http://www.shaunbelcher.com/rpt/

I am also grateful to Dr Roger Sabin at St Martins for supporting the successful Scrapbook PhD which sadly I had to withdraw from last year before starting when events became to difficult to continue.

The process of creating that, in my opinion excellent idea, led directly to the concept behind the present PhD subject as I started looking at visual tropes and racial ‘stereotyping’ (ironically a word based on a print term!) as part of that proposal writing.

Indeed a part of that aborted PhD goes into the new proposal which can be read here:

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Finally a word for Professor Richard H. King , Dr Sharon Monteith, Graham Caveney and other members of the Department of American and Canadian Studies at Nottingham University who gave of their time for free to conduct an excellent series of lectures on Southern Gothic Writers at Nottingham Contemporary last autumn.

As I sat down at the first event to see my old poetry publisher John Harvey ( M.A. American and Canadian Studies) and listened to Richard H. King I realised I was on the right path at last……the rest was easy and will probably involve listening to a lot of jazz which not a bad thing..just yesterday I found another David Stone Martin cover….

Lastly a big thank you to Fay Harding for her constant support in trying times and last and not least to Emma, my wife for being here and still being here despite everything…..

My struggles with academia are nothing compared to the struggle she has fought these past five years and hopefully she now coming through the dark days too….keep swinging kid 🙂

It ain’t worth a thing if it ain’t got that swing…

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.

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