My central interest is in how visual objects mean and what is sayable (verbalisable) about that. My research and teaching explores, philosophically and theoretically at a general level and in relation to specific examples the conditions of meaning of art objects, (and on occasion, the implications of that for enabling an understanding of that meaning). The terrain over which these concerns are addressed (and to which contributions are sometimes made) is contemporary art culture: the relationships between theory and criticism and contemporary art practice, particularly that of painting, photography, and sculpture.
All published material with varying degrees of emphasis engages with both philosophical/theoretical issues and the reading of visual work (offering new readings that contest the 'received ones'); for example in those listed below the LA Law piece is weighted towards a discussion of the works, the Derrida weighted towards theory, and the Paying One's Dues piece fairly equally balanced, involving a critique of Barthes and a discussion of the paintings of Ofili and Ortez-Torres. Of concern in all of them, (and in earlier and more recentpublications) are epistemological issues concerning the grounding of meaning and the ontology of art works and in particular a consideration of the ways in which these are differently perceived within Modernism and Postmodernism. In respect of both readings of art works and consideration of philosophical ideas, for example recently in relation to Derrida and Barthes, the essays go beyond the literature current (at the time of their writing) within the field.
- BA(Hons) University College London.
- BA Hons Philosophy, University College London.
- 1996-1999 MAs in Contemporary Art and Theory; Material Culture Winchester School of Art
- 2002-6 BA (Hons) Vis Culture, University of Gloucester
- 2004-7 BA (Hons) Media Arts, University of Plymouth
- 2004-7 BA (Hons) Hist of Art and Design UCE.
Other external roles
- Intro lectures for 'Commotion: Artists Film and Video'; Picture This and Arnolfini, Bristol. Feb Mar April Oct Nov, 2002
- 'Postmodernism and Art Practice'. Day Symposium. University of Bristol, Oct 2002
- Exhibition Talks in relation to 'Albert Oehlen' Nov 2006, 'Pale Carnage' March 2007,'Lucy McKenzie' Oct 2007, 'Bill Owens Suburbia Revisited' Marc 2008, Arnolfini Gallery Bristol.
- Art History and Art Criticism latter half of 20C and Contemporary
- Critical Theory particularly in relation to epistemology and aesthetics
- In process journal article 'The photographs of Robert Frank, Saul Leiter, Lee Friedlander and the Aesthetics of Abstract Painting." Despite the emphasis on quality being premised on medium specificity within Late Modernist theoretical and critical writing, the paper explores the relationship between the images of Friedlander and (some of) Frank, and the degree to which both adopt visual strategies to underscore the nature of their 'medium' (its flatness) that are prefigured in American abstract painting of the 1950s.
Recent professional updating
- Archive and gallery research in Los Angeles (Summer 2003)
- Archive and Gallery research in New York (Easter 2005)
- Gallery Research in New York (April 2011)
- Peer reviewer, "Photographies" Routledge. 2011 and 2012
- Peer reviewer, "Painting with Architecture in Mind", (ed) Whitaker E and Landrum A, Wunderkammer Press, 2012.
Director of Studies for Ph.D
- Visual Art, Art Criticism, and Sexual Identity: An analysis of Selected Criticism and Artworks of the 1980s and 1990s examining the roles notions of Sexual Identity played in their Reception and Production, completed July 2006.
- The Vital Space of Painting: Changing perceptual and material conditions of space and place and viewer in contemporary European abstract painting, completed Jan 2009.
Currently Director of Studies and supervisor for 3 Ph.Ds
- Mark Making and Melancholia in Painting: A language for visual representation of the Melancholic.
- The Contribution of Bath Academy of Art to the Development of Modernist Art Practice in Britain.
- Still Motion and How it is used to study location, environments and the passage of time.
- Chance as an Operating Strategy in Contemporary Abstract Painting: Purpose, Process, Meaning.
Research and academic outputs
Marriner, R (2015) 'At the boundary of image and paint: Zhang Enli's 'Four seasons'.' In: Zhang Enli: four seasons. Distanz Publishing, pp. 17-23. ISBN 9783954761159
Marriner, R (2012) 'Visual Culture and Contemporary Art: Reframing the Picture, Recasting the Object?' In: Heywood, I and Sandywell, B, eds. The Handbook of Visual Culture. Berg, Oxford, pp. 164-183. ISBN 9781847885739
Marriner, R (2006) 'On Sampling the Pleasures of Visual Culture: Postmodernism and Art Education.' In: Hardy, Tom, ed. Readings in Art and Design Education Series: Art Education in a Postmodern World. Bristol & Portland USA. Intellect Books & NSEA., pp. 125-136. ISBN 1841501468
Marriner, R (2002) 'Derrida and the Parergon.' In: Smith, Paul and Wilde, Carolyn, eds. A Companion to Art Theory. Blackwell Publishing, pp. 349-359. ISBN 631207627
Marriner, R (2001) 'LA Law: Ingrid Calame, Laura Owens, Monique Prieto.' Contemporary Visual Arts, 32. pp. 36-41. ISSN 1028-5040
Marriner, R (2013) Art, Design and Visual Culture. In: Visual Culture 2013, 10 - 11 July 2013, Loughborough.
Marriner, R (2012) Photography and the Aesthetics of Abstract Painting. In: Helsinki Photomedia Conference 2012, 28 - 30 March 2012, Helsinki, Finland.
Marriner, R (2005) Paying One's Dues: refiguring agency, authenticity and originality. In: Predicaments in Visual Culture: Theorising Creativity, Watershed, Bristol.