Visual Arts DepartmentWestern Arts and Humanities

John Hatch

Ph.D. (Art History and Theory), University of Essex (1995)
Thesis title: "Nature's Laws and the Changing Image of Reality in Art and Physics: A Study of the Impact of Modern Physics on the Visual Arts, 1910-1940."
M.A. (Art History), Queen's University (1989)
Master's thesis title: "Space as Content in the Art of Piet Mondrian."

B.F.A. (Art History), Concordia University (1987)
B.A. (Economics and The Liberal Arts College), Concordia University (1982) 

20th-century European and American art and theory, with a special focus on the influence of the physical sciences on modern art. Recent publications include the articles "The Story Behind Asteroid 14060 Patersonewen" (2015), "Wrestling Proteus: The Role of Science in Modern Art and Architecture’s New Images of Nature” (2014), "A Sense and Essence of Nature: Wave Patterns in the Paintings of František Kupka" (2013), "Nature, Entropy, and Robert Smithson's Utopian Vision of a Culture of Decay" (2012), and "Some Adaptations of Relativity in the 1920s and the Birth of Abstract Architecture" (2010). He just recently completed an article on the Chinese artist Shi Zhiying’s watercolour series inspired by the Italian writer Italo Calvino’s Mr. Palomar, and is currently working on a study of the role of Social Darwinism on the architecture of Le Corbusier, as well as a more general study of the interactions between modern and contemporary art and astronomy.

Awards, Grants and Honours

2015, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Dean's Travel/Research Grant, University of Western Ontario.
2009, SSHRC Travel Grant, University of Western Ontario.
2007, SSHRC Reapplication Grant, University of Western Ontario.
2006, SSHRC Travel Grant, University of Western Ontario.
2006, Faculty of Arts Dean's Travel-Research Grant, University of Western Ontario.
2005, SSHRC Travel Grant, University of Western Ontario.
2004-05, Academic Development Fund (ADF) Research Grant, University of Western Ontario.
2003-04, Academic Development Fund (ADF) Research Grant, University of Western Ontario.

"The Story Behind Asteroid 14060 Patersonewen," in Brian Patrick Abbott (ed.), Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena VIII: City of Stars. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Vol. 501 San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2015), pp. 67-73.

“The Science Behind Borromini’s Divine Geometry,” in Kim Williams and Michael Ostwald (eds.), Architecture and Mathematics from Antiquity to the Future, Vol. II The 1500s to the Future (Cham, Switzerland: Springer International, 2015), pp. 217-230. (reprint of 2002 article)

"Wrestling Proteus: The Role of Science in Modern Art and Architecture’s New Images of Nature,” in Brett Wilson, Barbara Hawkins & Stuart Sim (eds.), Art, Science, and Cultural Understanding (Champaign, Ill.: Common Ground Publishing LLC, 2014), pp. 86-99.

"A Sense and Essence of Nature: Wave Patterns in the Paintings of František Kupka," in Anthony Enns and Shelley Trower (eds.), Vibratory Modernism (Basingstoke, U.K.: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), pp. 145-161.

"Seeing and Seen: Acts of the Voyeur in the Works of Francis Bacon," in Rina Ayra (ed.), Francis Bacon: Critical and Theoretical Perspectives (Bern: Peter Lang AG, 2012), pp. 35-47.

"Nature, Entropy, and Robert Smithson's Utopian Vision of a Culture of Decay," in Paul Crowther and Isabel Wünsche (eds.), Meanings of Abstract Art: Between Nature and Theory (New York and London: Routledge, 2012), pp. 158-168.

"Some Adaptations of Relativity in the 1920s and the Birth of Abstract Architecture," Nexus Network Journal (vol. 12, no. 1, April 2010), pp. 131-147.

"Desire, Heavenly Bodies, and a Surrealist's Fascination with the Celestial Theatre," in Nick Campion (ed.), The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena: Special Double Issue of "Culture and Cosmos"  (vol. 8, nos. 1 & 2, 2004), pp. 87-106.

"On the Various Trappings of Daniel Spoerri," ARTMargins (Santa Barbara: University of California, 2003). (www.artmargins.com)

"Cindy Sherman,” in Hans Bertens and Joseph Natoli (eds.), Postmodernism: The Key Figures (Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2002), pp. 292-296.

"Robert Rauschenberg," in Hans Bertens and Joseph Natoli (eds.), Postmodernism: The Key Figures (Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2002), pp. 267-272.

"Machian Epistemology and its Part in František Kupka's Painterly Cognition of Reality,” Slovo: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Russian, Eurasian, Central and East European Affairs (vol. 12, 2000), pp. 51-69.

"Fatum as Theme and Method in the Work of Francis Bacon," Artibus et Historiae (vol. XIX, no. 37, 1998), pp. 163-175.

"Speculations on the Introduction and Role of Alexemata in Doric Temple Architecture", RACAR (vol. XXII, Nos. 1-2, 1995 [appeared in 1998]), pp. 1-6.

PhD supervisions

Erin McLeod, Ph.D., Department of Visual Arts (2012-)
Margherita Papdatos, Ph.D., Department of Visual Arts (2014-)
Helen Parkinson, Ph.D., Department of Visual Arts (2008-2014)
Aarnoud Rommens, Center for Theory Criticism, co-supervisor with Allan Pero (2008-11)

Masters supervisions

Emma Richan, M.A., Department of Visual Arts (2013-14)
Carrie Kitzul, M.A., Department of Visual Arts (2007-11)
Diana Poulsen, M.A., Department of Visual Arts (2006-10)
Andrew MacDonald, M.F.A., Department of Visual Arts, co-supervision (2006-08)
Conan Masterson, M.F.A., Department of Visual Arts, co-supervision (2006-07)
Leanne Carroll, M.A., Department of Visual Arts (2005-07)
Riva Symko, M.A., Department of Visual Arts (2004-06)
Daniel Wong, M.F.A., Department of Visual Arts, co-supervision (2004-06)
Carol-Ann Ryan, M.A., Department of Visual Arts (2003-05)
Laura Petican, M.A., Department of Visual Arts (2000-03)
Kristen Hutchinson, M.A., Department of Visual Arts (2000-02)
Sarah Lippert, M.A., Department of Visual Arts (1999-2002)
Ryan Whyte, M.A., Department of Visual Arts (1999-2001)
Craig Buckley, M.A., Department of Visual Arts, co-supervision (1999-2001)
Kim Wahl, M.A., Department of Visual Arts (1997-99)
Kim Dawn, M.F.A., Department of Visual Arts, co-supervision (1998)
Jennifer Dyer, M.A., Centre for Theory & Criticism (1995-97)

Recent Courses

Writing Without Words: The Critical and Curatorial Challenges of Arte Povera and Its Allies (2014-15)
On Certainty (2014-15)
Echoes of the Baroque in the Last Century (2012)
Art in Time and Space as Seen through a Telescope: Artistic Journeys through Modern Science (2010-2011)
Out on a Limb: Recent Epic Journeys in Search of Mother Earth (2008-2009)