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Womack, Mike Associate Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Mike Womack's research focus is on drawing and painting media, objects, conceptual practices, and installations made from plain materials, which in turn make images. The imagery reflects, projects, or distorts either the objects that create the images in the first place, or their constituent materials. Using mirrors, lights, and found materials, I create a rudimentary bitmapping of data. This primitive and low-tech approach replicates the complexity of electronics, like a cathode ray tube or an integrated circuit, with the make shift means of the everyday. Compounded blips of light and color attempt to create a raster image similar to that transmitted in a computer or a television. The inherent inability of mechanical-era ingenuity to simulate atomic-era technology results in an abstraction of futility. The images created by the objects Womack makes are a fingerprint of desire, a desire of a material to be something more than its process will allow.

keywords

  • Drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, digital media, and conceptual art practices

Teaching

courses taught

  • ARTS 3017 - Special Topics in Studio Arts
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces timely subjects in studio arts courses that cannot be offered on a regular basis. Information concerning the topics in any given semester is available prior to pre-registration from the department of Art and Art History. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
  • ARTS 3212 - Figure Painting
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores varied painting techniques. Introduces concepts relevant to the understanding of painting and the creative process. May not be repeated. Formerly ARTS 2202.
  • ARTS 4118 - Visiting Artist Program
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Artists of national and international reputation, interacting with graduate and advanced undergraduate students, discuss their studio work at seminar meetings and at public lectures or events. Provides continuous input of significant developments and a comprehensive view of contemporary issues in the arts. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: portfolio review. Same as ARTS 5118.
  • ARTS 4717 - Studio Critique
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Consists of consultations with faculty on individual studio problems and projects. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department consent required.
  • ARTS 5118 - Visiting Artist Program
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Artists of national and international reputation, interacting with graduate and advanced undergraduate students, discuss their studio work at seminar meetings and at public lectures or events. Provides continuous input of significant developments and a comprehensive view of contemporary issues in the arts. Same as ARTS 4118.
  • ARTS 5202 - Graduate Painting
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours.
  • ARTS 5717 - Graduate Studio Critique
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours with any single faculty member.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)