THE SUBLIME (DOCUMENTS OF CONTEMPORARY ART)
The Sublime is one of a series documenting major themes and ideas in contemporary art.
In a world where technology, spectacle and excess seem to eclipse former concepts of nature, the individual and society, what might be the characteristics of a contemporary sublime? If there is any consensus it is in the notion that the sublime represents a taking to the limits, to the point at which fixities begin to fragment. This anthology examines how ideas of the sublime are explored in the work of contemporary artists and theorists, in relation to the unpresentable, transcendence, terror, nature, technology, the uncanny and altered states.
Simon Morley is a British artist and art historian who has contributed to interational art journals including Art Monthly, Untitled, Contemporary Visual Art, Tate Etc and Tema Celeste. A lecturer at Winchester School of Art, England, he is the author of Writing on the Wall: Word and Image in Modern Art (2003).