Edge Hill University
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Civics considers Andre Stitt’s painting practice through the placement and exhibition of work at Edge Hill University and associated interventions at nearby Skelmersdale new town in Lancashire England. The publication shows how practice-led research concerning Britain’s post-war new towns, and the work made by artists through residential placements have had an impact upon this recent painting practice. "Through a practice-led response to the site-specific work of Victor Pasmore in Peterlee, William Mitchell in Cwmbran, Mike Cumiskey in Skelmersdale and the experience of art embedded in Harlow New Town I identify the importance of the contribution made by artists to the New Town environment. I use this context to investigate how I have developed an experimental approach to painting as a subjective interface between material and memory whereby a transformation of engagement with the New Town environment has occurred. Through an integration of abstraction, gestural application, hard edge construction, transitional layering and transparency, embodied experiences of the New Towns under discussion can be revealed via the act of painting with the resulting work of art as document of the experience under discussion."
Stitt, Andre (2019) Civics. Lancaster: Edge Hill University.
The publication includes texts by Dr Cath Butterworth, Dr Mark Greenwood, psychogeographer Roy A. Bayfield and screenwriter Simon Herbert and a chapter by Andre Stitt: Painting the New Town: embodied experience, embodied memory and phenomenal transparency pp. 19-42