Southern Cross University
Wes Hill is Senior Lecturer, Art History and Visual Culture, at Southern Cross University, Northern NSW. He writes art criticism for publications such as Artforum, Frieze, Artlink and Art and Australia, and his book, 'Art After the Hipster: Identity Politics, Ethics and Aesthetics' was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.
ArticlesIntroductionThe 2009 American film Trash Humpers, directed by Harmony Korine, was released at a time when the hipster had become a ubiquitous concept, entering into the common vernacular of numerous cultures throughout the world, and gaining significant press, social media and academic attention (see Žižek;...Read more
ArticlesIntroductionThe American artist Ryan Trecartin makes digital videos that centre on the self-presentations common to video-sharing sites such as YouTube. Named by New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahl as “the most consequential artist to have emerged since the 1980s” (84), Trecartin’s works are like high-octane domestic dramas told in the first-person, blending...Read more
ArticlesIn the 1960s, especially in the West, art that was revelatory and art that was revealing operated at opposite ends of the aesthetic spectrum. On the side of the revelatory we can think of encounters synonymous with modernism, in which an expressionist painting was revelatory of the Freudian unconscious, or a Barnett Newman the revelatory intensity of the sublime. By contrast, the impulse to...Read more