Tom Burr’s "Deep Purple": Queer Disorientations and Solicitations
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.A.) -- Art History
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Art History
Bibliography: pages 95-101
"'Deep Purple' is an oblique eighty-two-feet-long, eight-foot tall and one-and-half-foot-wide purple open form plywood sculpture. The sculpture is a queer appropriation and reconstruction of Richard Serra’s 1981 Cor-ten Steel site-specific work 'Tilted Arc.' Since 2000, the large-scale sculptural work has been situated at four art institutions internationally -- Braunschweig Kunstverein in Braunschweig Germany (2000), The Whitney Museum In New York City (2002), Musée Cantol Beaux Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland (2006), and Frac Champagne-Ardenne in Reims France (2009-2011). The work has been recreated and installed both within and outside the I.M. Pei wing at the Des Moines Art Center as part of a group exhibition titled 'Queer Abstraction.' Influenced by architectural historian Jane Rendell’s theories of critical spatial practice, this thesis examines 'Deep Purple' as a queer abstract work whose continuous insertions disrupt and disorient the spaces of each of its installation sites. Within these disruptions 'Deep Purple' initiates cruising scenarios through desire lines between itself, the viewer, and site. Looking at queer theorist Sara Ahmed’s theories on queer phenomenology, 'Deep Purple' acts as a disorientation device that opens up place in order to reveal hidden allegorical implications and queer understandings of space. As 'Queer Abstraction'’s dandy, The Des Moines Art Center reconstruction situates itself more clearly as an object which evokes queer visibility than installations before. This thesis examines 'Deep Purple'’s newest reconstruction and current insertion at the Des Moines Art Center’s montage disruption of place as a queer disorientation of space."
Keywords: Tom Burr, queer abstraction, montage, queer phenomenology, Post-Minimalism, critical spatial practice, Richard Serra, cruising, appropriation, sculpture
CHAIR: Budzynski, Scott
PDF : 101 pages, illustrations (some color)
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