It makes good cents: A personal examination of nomadic studio methodology

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Title: It makes good cents: A personal examination of nomadic studio methodology
Author: Conrad, Christian
Abstract: Over the course of 2009 , I decided to work with the United States one -cent piece , more commonly known as the penny , in a series of artistic pieces . Each artistic piece examined a particular aspect of how I believe the penny interacts with the general populace . The first artistic piece focused on my interaction with my surroundings : for over a year , I recorded every penny I found in my local town of Lubbock , Texas , along with both the side (heads or tails ) facing up and the day on which the penny was found . The second artistic piece was an installation where I deposited over a thousand pennies on the ground in a public location and , for one week , witnessed the interactions between the site and its large number of pennies . The final pieces involved using the found coins from the first artistic piece in a series of more traditional artistic works . The first of these works was a photo -scan documentation of those coins with obscured dates of mint ; this series of photographs showed the interaction of the pennies with their environment . The second work involved the pennies with readable dates , which I arranged chronologically in a column , reflecting the decay of the object as time progressed . A number of current theoretical ideas are relevant to my investigation of the penny , at the center of which is an examination of nomadicism as seen through the writings of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari (1987 ) . In relation to this concept is an investigation into collecting as presented by scholars such as Susan Pearce (1998 ) . This is incorporated into the examination of concepts discussed concerning site -specific art as seen through the writings of Miwon Kwon (2002 ) . The final concept investigated is the aesthetic quality of entropy as demonstrated by the work of Robert Smithson (1966 ) . Developed through the artistic pieces and the consideration of the relevant theoretical concepts , I generate my own idea of an analytical nomadic perspective .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /ETD -TTU -2010 -12 -1086
Date: 2010-12

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It makes good cents: A personal examination of nomadic studio methodology. Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /ETD -TTU -2010 -12 -1086 .

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