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Over the Event Horizon: Denyse Thomasos, Black Abstraction, and Diasporic Spacetime

Collins, Madeline (2024) Over the Event Horizon: Denyse Thomasos, Black Abstraction, and Diasporic Spacetime. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Collins, Madeline

Despite her successful career, the late Trinidadian-Canadian painter Denyse Thomasos remains sorely underdiscussed in academic literature. To rectify this fap, this paper takes a comprehensive close reading of Thomasos' monumental abstractions of the city, the prison, and the slave ship, as well as a mysterious series of untitled final works. Drawing on physics, Black Canadian literature, decolonial poetics, and spatial theory, I posit that Thomasos' abstractions are intensely affective because they wield space and time as aesthetic and conceptual means of articulating an inarticulable experience of being Black in Canada. In doing so, I conceptualize twin theories of "state spacetime" and "diasporic spacetime" as broader analytical frameworks for reading Black diasporic artistic production as a gravity-bending force within the capitalist, white supremacist rhythms of the state.

Date: 2024
Uncontrolled Keywords: denyse thomasos, black art, black diasporic art, abstract painting, plantation future, katherine mckittrick, critical race theory, state space, henri lefebvre, spacetime, black holes, black feminist theory, affect, black abstraction, diasporic spacetime, state spacetime, black geography, rhythm in art, black futures, black canadian art, black canadian diaspora, postcolonial aesthetics, decolonial poetics
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Date Deposited: 02 May 2024 17:04
Last Modified: 02 May 2024 17:04
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4377

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