Dr. John G. Hatch is Associate Dean (Academic) for the Faculty of Arts and
Humanities and an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts where he has
taught modern art history and theory since 1994. He received a B.A. in Economics in 1982
but made a radical career move in 1985 that culminated with a Ph.D. in Art History and
Theory from the University of Essex in 1995. His research and teaching interests include
examining the intersections of art and science, Dada and Neo-Dada manifestations,
post-WWII art (specifically the work of Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, and
Arte Povera), and 20th-century Neo-Baroque manifestations. The result has yielded
publications on the work of Max Ernst, Francis Bacon, Cindy Sherman, Robert Rauschenberg,
Frantisek Kupka, to name a few. Dr. Hatch has a particular fascination for the influence
of the physical sciences on art and architecture, ranging from examining the use of
Keplerian cosmology in the 17th-century buildings of Francesco Borromini to looking at
the impact of entropy on the earthworks and writings of the American artist Robert
Smithson. 

20th-Century Art

Nature, Entropy, and Robert Smithson's Utopian Vision of a Culture of Decay, Meanings of Abstract Art: Between Nature and Theory (2012)
 

Seeing and Seen: Acts of the Voyeur in the Works of Francis Bacon, Francis Bacon: Critical and Theoretical Perspectives (2012)
 

Modern Earthworks and Their Cosmic Embrace, The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena VI: Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Vol. 441 (2011)
 

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Some Adaptations of Relativity in the 1920s and the Birth of Abstract Architecture, Nexus Network Journal (2010)

John Hatch examines the friendship between Theo Van Doesburg and El Lissitzky, which was fuelled...

 

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Desire, Heavenly Bodies, and a Surrealist's Fascination with the Celestial Theatre, Culture and Cosmos (2004)

In 1922, the German Surrealist artist Max Ernst produced a montage work that included a...

 

Art and Science

Modern Earthworks and Their Cosmic Embrace, The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena VI: Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Vol. 441 (2011)
 

Link

Some Adaptations of Relativity in the 1920s and the Birth of Abstract Architecture, Nexus Network Journal (2010)

John Hatch examines the friendship between Theo Van Doesburg and El Lissitzky, which was fuelled...

 

Link

Desire, Heavenly Bodies, and a Surrealist's Fascination with the Celestial Theatre, Culture and Cosmos (2004)

In 1922, the German Surrealist artist Max Ernst produced a montage work that included a...

 

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The Science behind Francesco Borromini's Divine Geometry, Nexus IV: Architecture and Mathematics (2002)
 

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Machian Epistemology and its Part in František Kupka's Painterly Cognition of Reality, Slovo: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Russian, Eurasian, Central and East European Affairs (2000)

A consensus has emerged amongst art historians that portrays the work the Czech painter, František...

 

Architecture and Science

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Some Adaptations of Relativity in the 1920s and the Birth of Abstract Architecture, Nexus Network Journal (2010)

John Hatch examines the friendship between Theo Van Doesburg and El Lissitzky, which was fuelled...

 

Link

The Science behind Francesco Borromini's Divine Geometry, Nexus IV: Architecture and Mathematics (2002)
 

Post World War II

Nature, Entropy, and Robert Smithson's Utopian Vision of a Culture of Decay, Meanings of Abstract Art: Between Nature and Theory (2012)
 

Seeing and Seen: Acts of the Voyeur in the Works of Francis Bacon, Francis Bacon: Critical and Theoretical Perspectives (2012)
 

Modern Earthworks and Their Cosmic Embrace, The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena VI: Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Vol. 441 (2011)
 

British Art

Seeing and Seen: Acts of the Voyeur in the Works of Francis Bacon, Francis Bacon: Critical and Theoretical Perspectives (2012)
 

Ancient Greek Architecture