Coffee Stain, 2004

 

Perspex and Acrylic Paint, 21 x 29.7 cm

The stain of coffee on a shirt was scanned and used to give the outlines for this painting (behind glass).

The coffee stain was obtained on a white T-shirt during the first day of the conference "Philosophy and Conceptual Art" at King's College, London (4. and 5. June 2004). It is part of my recent interest into the shape of stains and how they might defy the square shape of pixels and grids in the computer.

The stain is painted behind glass in order to give it an as industrial finish as possible. Interestingly, the golden paint used for the stain still carries marks of the brush (presumably because of the reflection within the gold) whereas the black appears completely flat, which creates a textual difference between the stain and the background, whilst allowing both to be on the same layer - the stain is not painted onto the background.

The motive of the 'stain' relates at least to two different movements in the history of art: Abstract Expressionism/Informel Art and the use of the body in 1980's art (Nitsch etc.) Coffee Stain, however, does not celebrate the materiality of paint or the action of the painter since it's appearance is more pop, if anything, nor does it lend the stain to a humanising (or post-human animalism), although the golden colour appears to allow for associations ('Golden Shower' etc.)

Apart from the painting behind glass that takes away the painterly surface from the piece it is the distinct framing that orients the stain within the frame - or rather, the concrete frame is a product of the stain as the stain's 'measuring device'. Coffee Stain places the stain in such a way into the frame as to optimise for its size given a certain frame. This process is taken from the way computer software sometimes frames an irregular object when the smallest possible rectangle is selected for a given shape. In this way the stain demands its space.

Coffee Stain gives importance to an actual stain as implied in the 60 Second Books or Measured Gold. It does not as the works before (like Potato Prints or Negative Light) produce amorphous shapes as colour selection within an existing image.


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Michael Schwab

CV

Documents

 

News

Wieviel Wissenschaft bekommt der Kunst?
Oesterreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft, Wien

4 & 5/11/2011

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Imagining Imagination
Royal College of Art, London

10 & 11/06/2011

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Suspense - International Symposium
on Rethinking Research
Cinema Zuid, Antwerp

04/05/2011

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Modes of Collaboration between
the Arts and Sciences,
ZHdK, Zurich

29/04/2011

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Architecture + MIT 150

25-27/04/2011

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Drawing in an Expanded Field
Academie Royale des Beaux Arts
de Bruxelles

25-27/02/2011

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Habitus in Habitat III
Synesthesia and Kinaesthetics
ZfL, Berlin

22-24/10/2010

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Unexpected Variations
Orpheus Research Center in Music, Ghent

15-17/09/2010

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Please support the
Journal for Artistic Research (JAR)

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Arts Research: Publics and Purposes,
GradCam, Dublin

15-19/02/2010

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Components of the Image
Exhibition 036 at SWG3 in Glasgow

09-18/10/2009

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Sensuous Knowlege Conference 6
Bergen, Norway

23-25/09/2009

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International Walter Benjamin Association
Antwerp, Belgium

14-17/09/2009

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First, the Second:
Walter Benjamin's theory of reflection
and the question of artistic research

Journal of Visual Arts Practice (7.3)

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International Seminar 'Light Touches'
Figures of Touch Research Project
University of Art and Design, Helsinki

10-11/06/2009

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The Difference between Art
and Art Research
Züricher Hochschule der Küste

23-24/04/2009

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Creative Practice, Creative Research
York St. John University


Download my paper in the 'Documents' section.

25-17/04/2009

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The Art of Research: Research Narratives
Chelsea College of Art and Design

28-30/10/2008

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Research into Practice conference
Royal Society of Arts

31/10/2008

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/seconds issue 9
vanishing point, the vicious and virtuous circle

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Conference Contribution and Exhibition

'Figurations of Knowledge'
5th Biannual European Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), Berlin

02 - 07 June 2008


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Paris

Book Launch

18 May 2008

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The Full Circle
A collaborative project by Eduardo Padilha and Michael Schwab

Studio 1.1, London

11/05 - 01/06/2008

Private View:
10/05/2008 6-8pm


Artists' Talk:
25/05/2008 3.30pm

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Full Circle Family Workshops

Gasworks, London

19 - 22 February 2008

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Keynote Paper and Exhibition

'Art and Research: How?'
International Conference at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn


14/15 February 2008

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Artist Talk

'figure' at the Tramdepot Gallery, London

3 February 2008, 2pm

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Figure

The Tramdepot

Private View Friday 25 January 7 - 11 pm

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As if something once mentioned, now plain to see

Book by COLONY, Birmingham

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The Full Circle
A collaborative project by Eduardo Padilha and Michael Schwab

Huisrechts, Amsterdam

13.9 - 16.10 2007

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Political Art 2007 Almanac
Reunion Projects

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Artistic Research and the Role of Critique.

In: van Koten, H. (ed), Proceeds of Reflections on Creativity, 21 and 22 April 2006.

Dundee: Duncan of Jordanstone College, 2007. ISBN:  1 899837 56 6.