Artists' Act of Appropriation: Educational, Aesthetic, and Political Implications
By: Mark Dzula
Published: 05/22/2013
Uploaded: 12/21/2017
Uploaded by: Pocket Masters
Pockets: 2013 (May) Teachers College Columbia University Ed.D. Dissertations, Gottesman Libraries Archive, Historical Dissertations
Tags: appropriation, art, communication, Education, technology

Description/Abstract: The act of appropriation is a well documented and valorized approach to art making, especially in postmodern and contemporary art practices. Legal strictures and institutional boundaries put significant limits on what is able to be taken, by whom, and when. This is particularly true when artists appropriate images for their own communicative ends. This dissertation aims to describe the nature of three artists' acts of appropriation, their ethical understanding of those acts, and any potential implications for educational equity that those acts might entail. The research was completed by taking a bricolage approach, activating an aesthetic approach to inquiry. That is, by wandering between institutions and puttering around with qualitative methods, this dissertation asserts a qualitative approach to representing the artists' acts in their particular contexts. Interviews and multimodal analyses help the researcher re-present the artists' nuanced understandings of their material, processes, and resultant works. The research reveals nuances in the appropriation of images, a simultaneously celebratory and subversive act of communication, an act that carries implications for formative justice.