My central interest is in how visual objects mean and what is sayable (verbalisable) about that. My research and teaching explores, philosophically and theoretically at a general level and in relation to specific examples the conditions of meaning of art objects (and on occasion, the implications of that for enabling an understanding of that meaning).
The terrain over which these concerns are addressed (and to which contributions are sometimes made) is contemporary art culture: the relationships between theory and criticism and contemporary art practice, particularly that of painting, photography and sculpture.
All published material with varying degrees of emphasis engages with both philosophical/theoretical issues and the reading of visual work (offering new readings that contest the ‘received ones’).
- Photography and the Aesthetics of Abstract Painting (2012)
Marriner, R (2012)Visual Culture and Contemporary Art: Reframing the Picture, Recasting the Object? In: Heywood, I and Sandywell, B, eds. The Handbook of Visual Culture. Berg, Oxford. ISBN 9781847885739