Professor Allen Fisher – Abstraction in Art and Craft
A talk by Professor Allen Fisher for the Herefordshire Art & Craft Society, with a focus on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The talk draws examples from earlier indigenous artefacts as well as examples of art and craft from Europe and North America. The talk will consider the relationship between natural forms and abstraction and the development of patterns in ceramics, textiles, paintings and other artefacts.
Allen Fisher is a poet, painter and art historian, he lives in Hereford. He performed and printed with Fluxus in the 1970s, published New London Pride editions and co-published Aloes Books and edits the journal Spanner. He studied drawing and colour with the Thubrons at Goldsmiths’ College, taught at Hereford College of Art, was head of art at Roehampton and head of contemporary arts at Manchester Metropolitan University where he is Emeritus Professor of Poetry & Art. His recent publications include essays in Imperfect Fit: Aesthetics, Facture & Perception (University of Alabama); loggerheads, a book of poetry, prose and drawings, the complete poetry of Gravity as a consequence of shape (Reality Street Editions); a second edition of the collected poetry of the PLACE books (Reality Street Editions) and a reprint of Ideas of the culture dreamed of (The Literary Pocket Book). In 2018 he published the large format artist’s book Black Pond 7.