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Antarctica through Art and the Archive: The Polar Expeditions of Edward Wilson

Antarctica through Art and the Archive: The Polar Expeditions of Edward Wilson
Polly Gould

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Recent centenaries have commemorated the heroic era of Antarctic exploration and the work of pioneers such as Edward Wilson. He was a polar polymath who was an explorer, doctor, scientist and artist. Yet, how did Wilson manage the impossible practice of en plein air (open air) watercolour painting in the sub-zero conditions of this extreme environment? In this book, Polly Gould refracts the literature on anthropological studies, scientific experiments and art to arrive at her own cross-disciplinary reading. Through her use of the anthropologist Franz Boas' work on the colour of water, however, Gould provides unprecedented access to the Antarctic art archive. In her analysis of this material, she uncovers a cache of work that challenges current readers' understanding of the Antarctic and explores the realities of that environment.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments 11 Notes on Acronyms 14 List of Figures 15 Prologue: Glass 29 Notes from the Field.................................................. 31 Glass.......................................................................... 36 The Archive................................................................ 45 Chapter One: Elsewhere 55 The Crippetts and Elsewhere..................................... 57 A Chapter of Antarctic History................................. 64 Evolution................................................................... 70 Notes and Queries..................................................... 75 Suiseki Bergs 2013..................................................... 84 Hints to Travellers...................................................... 88 Avant-garde............................................................... 92 The View from Nowhere............................................ 98 The Archive and the Field......................................... 101 Analogy..................................................................... 104 Immediacy................................................................ 109 Medium.................................................................... 113 No More Elsewhere.................................................. 118 Chapter Two: Watercolour 127 In the Open Air........................................................ 129 A Lecture on Sketching ........................................... 138 The Weather.............................................................. 144 Climate Control........................................................ 148 Horizon (false horizon) 2013.................................... 158 Permanent Colour..................................................... 170 Black and White....................................................... 177 Colour in Nature ...................................................... 182 The History of Art.................................................... 187 Of Turnerian Topography......................................... 190 4 Everything Wanders................................................. 195 Watercolour.............................................................. 199 Chapter Three: Antarctica through the Archive 207 A Shift Elsewhere..................................................... 209 Antarctic Archive 2013............................................. 212 Curious Perspective................................................... 215 The Grid and Globe.................................................. 220 The Antarctic Manual .............................................. 226 Observation Hill....................................................... 231 The Southern Journey............................................... 239 X............................................................................... 243 The South Pole.......................................................... 248 The Observer and Observed..................................... 252 Interpretation............................................................ 258 Atmosphere............................................................... 262 Berg off Cape Evans 2013........................................ 267 Ekphrasis.................................................................. 272 Through the Archive................................................. 277 Chapter Four: The Colour of Water 283 The Colour of Water................................................. 285 Typology................................................................... 290 The Study of Geography........................................... 295 Natural History......................................................... 298 Pharmakon................................................................ 306 Silver Nitrate............................................................. 317 Fugitive Colour......................................................... 322 Lantern Landscape 2013.......................................... 329 Dome Museum......................................................... 336 Twenty-first Century Storm-Cloud.......................... 343 Participant Observation............................................ 348 Air Conditioning...................................................... 352 Chapter Five: Where Else 359 No Where Else......................................................... 361 Refractive Index........................................................ 366 If Found, Please Return Immediately....................... 371 Similarity-in-difference ............................................ 378 The Hut and the Museum......................................... 383 A View from Somewhere.......................................... 388 Rear-guard................................................................ 391 Lantern Lecture 2013............................................... 400 Penguin Pool 2015.................................................... 407 Some Notes on Penguins.......................................... 415 But Things Have Turned out Otherwise................... 422 Some Fragments....................................................... 428 With a Hope............................................................. 433 Epilogue: Ice 441 The Arkive................................................................. 443 Ice............................................................................. 451 Field Notes............................................................... 457 Bibliography 461

Author Info

Polly Gould is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Newcastle University. She is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has worked as an artist and curator.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of Visual Culture

Hardback
ISBN: 9781788311694
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2019
Number of Pages: 368
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 121 black and white integrated illustrations

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