The aim of my research project is to open a strain of enquiry between post-continental philosophy and contemporary abstract painting aesthetics as a form of speculation on the assemblage of immanence, complexity and emergence. Informed by Manuel DeLanda’s ‘neo-materialism’, Jane Bennett’s ‘vital materialism’ and Levi Bryant’s ‘object oriented materialism’, set within a framework of the ‘geo-philosophy’ of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. When painting becomes animated by the immanent complexity of its own matter-energy, when painting is conceived of as a ‘diagram’ or ‘abstract machine’, the ‘thingness’ of its materiality presents us with unique objects and processes that affirm aesthetics as an integral source for philosophising matter.
‘The earths surface and the figments of the mind have a way of disintegrating into discrete regions of art. Various agents, both fictional and real, somehow trade places with each other – one cannot avoid muddy thinking when it comes to earth projects, or what I will call “abstract geology”. Ones mind and the earth are in a constant state of erosion, mental rivers wear away abstract banks, brain waves undermine cliffs of thought, ideas decompose into stones of unknowing, and conceptual crystallizations break apart into deposits of gritty reason.’
Robert Smithson ‘A Sedimentation of the mind: Earth Projects (1968)