Visual Arts DepartmentWestern Arts and Humanities

John Hatch

Ph.D. (Art History and Theory), University of Essex (1995)
M.A. (Art History), Queen's University (1989)
B.F.A. (Art History), Concordia University (1987)
B.A. (Economics and The Liberal Arts College), Concordia University (1982) 

Interests

20th-century European and American art and theory, with a special focus on the influence of the physical sciences on modern art.

Current projects

Recent publications include the articles "Nature, Entropy, and Robert Smithson's Utopian Vision of a Culture of Decay" (2012), "Modern Earthworks and Their Cosmic Embrace" (2011), and "Some Adaptations of Relativity in the 1920s and the Birth of Abstract Architecture" (2010).

Awards, Grants and Honours

2009, SSHRC Travel 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.

"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.
"Modern Earthworks and Their Cosmic Embrace" in Enrico Maria Corsini (ed.), The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena VI: Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Vol. 441 (San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2011), pp. 225-233.
"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)

Recent Courses

On Certainty (2013)
Art, Media, and Popular Culture (2013)
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)
Attitudes and Altitudes: Celestial Visions in Art and Architecture (2009-2010)
Rediscovering Nature and the Body in a Post-Industrial World: the Adventures of Arte Povera (2008-2009)
Out on a Limb: Recent Epic Journeys in Search of Mother Earth (2008-2009)
Dada Reviewed (1999-2000)