AlterPieces Thesis PDF

A variety of semi-critical writings on art, craft, jewelry, and stuff.  Some are more academic than others, and may contain the occasional profanity-laden tirade.  

Many of the essays were developed in response to writings of critical, craft, and art theory.  Consulted texts include Glenn Adamson's Thinking Through Craft and The Invention of Craft; On Jewelry:  A Compendium of International Contemporary Art Jewellery by Liesbeth den Besten; Nicolas Bourriaud's Relational Aesthetics and Altermodern; Walter Benjamin's "The Storyteller" and The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction; Erika Ayala Stefanutti and Gary Griffin's "Remaking Material;" Alfred Gell's "Vogel's Net: Traps as Artworks and Artworks as Traps;" The Abuse of BeautyAesthetics and the Concept of Art by Arthur C. Danto; Dave Hickey's The Invisible Dragon: Essays on Beauty, Revised and Expanded; Will Gompertz's What Are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art; "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" by Laura Mulvey; Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison; assorted essays from The Craft Reader; and a bunch of critical theory.  Additional listings are forthcoming pending the organization of my notes.  Works directly referenced have in-text citations or end notes.