Buffington, Ron; Townsend, Gavin
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The curatorial project “Strange-Making,” a three-person exhibition held at Apothecary Gallery in March 2018, is the culmination of creative research on the application of the term “ostranenie” to contemporary painting in the region surrounding Chattanooga, Tennessee. The technique of “ostranenie” or “enstrangement” is defined in Viktor Shklovsky’s Art, As Device, 1917, as the technique of describing something familiar in a way that makes it appear unknown. “Ostranenie” was originally discussed in terms of imagery in literature. This exhibition and the curatorial statement reveals the direct connection between the role description plays in representational painting as a physical construction of an image, and the role of description of an image in prose. Artwork was selected from three artists: Eleanor Aldrich (Knoxville, Tennessee), David Onri Anderson (Nashville, Tennessee), and Amy Pleasant (Birminghan, Alabama). A two- or three-person exhibition holds greater professional significance because of the focus given to each work in the gallery space and in writing. This paper is an analysis of “enstrangement” in selected artworks as a counter to the automatization of perception that occurs through repetition, routine, and familiarity.
This project developed under the guidance of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga faculty members: Christina Vogel, Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, Ron Buffington, UC Foundation Professor and Head of the Art Department, and Dr. Gavin Townsend, Professor of Art History. The exhibition was made possible with the time and consideration of participating artists Eleanor Aldrich, David Onri Anderson, and Amy Pleasant.
B. F. A.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Art museums -- Curatorship -- Philosophy
Art and Design
Crumb, Mirel, "Strange-Making: a study of curation" (2018). Honors Theses.