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The Art of Not Making : A talk by Michael Petry

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‘The Art of Not Making’ Michael Petry

‘The Art of Not Making’ Michael Petry

Artists talk and discussion with Fiaz Elson, Aimee Lax and Cory Burr

Can an artist claim that an object is a work of art if it has been made for him or her by someone else? If so, who is the ‘author’ of such a work? And just what is the difference between a work of art and a work of craft?

Michael Petry will be talking about his recent book ‘The Art of Not Making: The New Artist Artisan Relationship’. He tackles these questions head on, exploring concepts of authorship, artistic originality, skill, craftsmanship and the creative act. He highlights the vital role that skills from craft and industrial production play in the creation of some of today’s most innovative and sought-after works of art.

Fiaz Elson, Aimee Lax and Cory Burr will be joining Michael in a discussion after the talk. Aimee Lax and Cory Burr will be discussing the creation of Lax’s recent sculpture, Digitalis Gargantua, made in porcelain and steel. Michael Petry is an artist, author and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) London.

Petry’s other books include: ‘Installation Art’; ‘Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition’ and ‘The WORD is Art’. Petry was the first Artist in Residence at Sir John Soane’s Museum and his recent one man show ‘In the Realm of the Gods’ at Bath’s Holburne Museum featured a work which Elson worked on. Petry’s work was included in ‘Frontiers Reimagined’ at the 2015 Venice Biennale, and he has just made a new glass work for the 2019 Joshua Treenial.

Tickets £4 from SVA / £5 online, £6 on the door

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