* The Abject Object Talk – Thursday 12 May 2016 at Wimbledon College of Arts


Damien Meade – Janus Head

Exhibition Event: The Abject Object – Panel Discussion
Date & Time: Thursday 12 May, 4.30 – 6.30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Wimbledon College of Arts
Booking: Please complete the online booking form at the above link.

Join us to discuss and debate the issues raised by the exhibition. Participants will include:
Geraint Evans, Curator, and Course Leader for MA Painting at Wimbledon
Mark Fairnington, participating artist and Reader in Painting CCW
Frances Woodley, artist, academic and curator of exhibitions ‘All Coherence Gone? Historical currents in contemporary still life’ 2014 and ‘Still Life: Ambiguous Practices’ 2015
Dr Fiona Candlin, Senior Lecturer in Museum Studies at Birkbeck University of London and co-author of ‘The Object Reader’ and painter Damien Meade, recent exhibitor in the London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London 2015.  http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2016/4/22/THE-ABJECT-OBJECT/


Great and lively talk between the panel and the audience… good to have a mix of artists and curators.  John Greenwood sat with the audience.

The word ‘Abject’ in context of a painting or object took a while to understand… Mark Fairnington’s paintings of museum objects are a good example. Beautifully painted and highly detailed but often of beheaded animals or humans (modelled heads). For Mark he discussed getting lost in the process of painting and does not see the work as Abject.  For the viewer the objects are abject.



Mark Fairnington


John Greenwood was also surprised to hear that the curator’s considered the portrait of his father particularly ‘Abject”.

Abject object..

John Greenwood – Father 2016



Frances Woodley discussing Still Life and their abject qualities



Damien Meade – Janus Head

My notes from the talk:

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