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Paul Zika

Paul Zika

University Associate
School of Creative Arts

Room 1 , Centre for the Arts, Atrium, Level 2

+61 3 6226 4300 (phone)

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Paul.Zika@utas.edu.au

From 1990-2009 Paul Zika had responsibility for the conceptual direction and management of the Painting studio and his teaching interests represented a very broad catholic interpretation of the discipline of Painting.  Paul was also Honours Program Coordinator 1999 – 2008, Graduate Research Coordinator 2009 – 2012, and Deputy Head of School 2010 – 12.  He currently supervises a number of Research Higher Degree candidates.

Biography

Paul Zika studied at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology completing an Associate Diploma of Fine Art (majoring in Painting with a minor in Printmaking) in 1970 and subsequently undertook a Fellowship Diploma in 1971. In 1973 he left for Europe and over the next year and a half travelled extensively and received a Certificate of Advanced Studies at St Martins School of Art in London. Since 1973 he has had twenty solo exhibitions in Hobart, Melbourne and Brisbane. He has under-taken four extended Overseas Residencies to expand and develop his studio practice (Tuscany 1989 / Prague 1994 / Barcelona 1998 / Sicily 2003). Paul joined the Tasmanian School of Art, now the School of Creative Arts in 1979.

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Expertise

Paul Zika's research since joining the University in 1981 has concentrated on two specific areas - Studio Practice and Exhibition Curatorship - both with differing 'publication' outcomes. The studio-based research is concerned with a radical fusion of surface and form, in stark contrast to Modernist notions of decoration as embellishment. Over the past fifteen years he has established a pattern of working in direct response to particular ornamentation schemes or decorative objects, through a process of investigation, image development and realisation. Since 1981 Paul has curated twenty five exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design for the Plimsoll Gallery at the University of Tasmania. These exhibitions have normally focused on conceptual aspects of current practice in the field, drawing from all over Australia and overseas in the selection of participants. Paul also guest curated the survey exhibition Dale Hickey: Life in a Box for the Ian Potter Museum / University of Melbourne (2008).

Fields of Research

  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Urban and Regional Planning (120599)
  • Art Theory and Criticism (190199)
  • Computer Gaming and Animation (190202)
  • Visual Cultures (190104)
  • Design History and Theory (120301)
  • Lens-based Practice (190503)
  • Performance and Installation Art (190504)
  • Cinema Studies (190201)
  • Language, Communication and Culture (209999)
  • Human Geography (160499)
  • European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman) (210307)
  • Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing (199999)

Research Objectives

  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Arts and Leisure (950199)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (970117)
  • Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis (940204)
  • Construction (879999)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Environment (969999)

Publications

Total publications

39

Highlighted publications

(4 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2004Major Creative WorkZika P, 'Sicilian Arabesques', Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Flinders Lane, Melbourne (2004) [Published Creative Work]

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2004BookZika P, 'Disorientate - colour, geometry and the body', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 1-20. ISBN 1862952051 (2004) [Edited Book]

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2002Major Creative WorkZika P, 'Fantasia', Paul Zika, Melbourne (2002) [Published Creative Work]

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2001Conference PublicationZika P, 'The Topography of Decoration', Changing geographies: Essays on Australia, 2000, University of Barcelona, pp. 97-99. ISBN 84-477-0749-0 (2001) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2004Zika P, 'Disorientate - colour, geometry and the body', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 1-20. ISBN 1862952051 (2004) [Edited Book]

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Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
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2010Zika P, 'Working Together ( to the Tune Of ...)', ACUADS 2010 Annual Conference, 1-3 September 2010, Launceston, Tasmania (2010) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2005Zika P, 'Plimsoll Gallery: a working model', Rhapsody 21C: A Conference on the Future of University Museums and Art Galleries in the New Century, May 2005, Launceston, pp. 23. ISBN 1 86295 246 9 (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2001Zika P, 'The Topography of Decoration', Changing geographies: Essays on Australia, 2000, University of Barcelona, pp. 97-99. ISBN 84-477-0749-0 (2001) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Design

(2 outputs)
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1996Zika P, 'Elizabeth Mall Redevelopment', Hobart City Council, Hobart (1996) [Other Designs]

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1995Zika P, 'Elizabeth Mall Paving Design', Hobart City Council, Hobart (1995) [Other Designs]

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Major Creative Work

(27 outputs)
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2014Zika P, 'The Brassington Affair', Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [Curated Exhibition]

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2013Zika P, 'Domain arabesque', Domain: a contested landscape, Exhibition, Ten Days on the Island, Domain House, Queens Domain, Hobart, Tasmania (2013) [Other Exhibition]

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2012Kunda M, Zika P, 'A World Between: A Survey of Prints by Milan Milojevic', Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart (2012) [Curated Exhibition]

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2012Zika P, 'Terme' series (#4 - 14) Exhibitions', Plimsoll Gallery, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne; Penny Contemporary, Hobart; Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart; Penerbit Universiti, Pendidikan Sultan Idris (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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2011Zika P, 'Journeys: through history, theory and practice', Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania (2011) [Curated Exhibition]

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2010Zika P, 'Paul Zika: Roman Weave', Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne, pp. 5 works (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2009Kelly SM, Zika P, 'Repetitions', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, pp. 24 (2009) [Curated Exhibition]

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2009Zika P, 'Paul Zika: Home and Away - reconstructing artifice', Carnegie Gallery/Hobart City Council, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, 1 (2009) [Published Creative Work]

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2008Zika P, 'Paul Zika: Bolivian Weave', Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne (2008) [Published Creative Work]

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2008Zika P, 'Dale Hickey: Life in a Box', Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne (2008) [Curated Exhibition]

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2007Holmes JH, Zika P, 'Tokyo: Floating World', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania (2007) [Curated Exhibition]

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Co-authors: Holmes JH

2007Zika P, Holmes JH, 'Full Frontal: Images from within the studio', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Plimsoll Gallery, pp. 32 (2007) [Curated Exhibition]

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Co-authors: Holmes JH

2006Zika P, 'Sicilian Arabesques II', Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 6 (2006) [Published Creative Work]

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2005Zika P, 'Looking South', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Plimsoll Gallery (2005) [Curated Exhibition]

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2004Zika P, 'Sicilian Arabesques', Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Flinders Lane, Melbourne (2004) [Published Creative Work]

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2004Zika P, 'Disorientate - colour, geometry and the body', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Plimsoll Gallery, pp. 20 (2004) [Curated Exhibition]

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2003Zika P, Holmes JH, Lendis CJ, 'Painting Tasmanian Landscape', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Plimsoll Gallery, 1, pp. 32 (2003) [Curated Exhibition]

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Co-authors: Holmes JH; Lendis CJ

2002Zika P, 'Fantasia', Paul Zika, Melbourne (2002) [Published Creative Work]

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2000Zika P, 'Death and Decoration', University of Tasmania, Hobart, 1, pp. 24 (2000) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2000Zika P, 'Cornucopia', Stephen McLauglin Gallery, Melbourne (2000) [Other Exhibition]

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1999Zika P, 'Jamboree:Works by Mandy McIntosh', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. pp 10/full colour (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Zika P, 'Paul Zika', Stephen McLaughlin Gallery, Melbourne, pp. 2 (1998) [Other Exhibition]

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1997Zika P, Holmes JH, Marshall J, Tabacco W, Gates M, 'Re:Search. Tony Bishop, Wilma Tabacco and Philip Watkins', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 36 (1997) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1996Holmes JH, Zika P, 'Tangibility? Three Installations', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 1, pp. 32 (1996) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1996Zika P, 'Monstrances', Stephen McLaughlin Gallery, Melbourne, pp. 2 (1996) [Other Exhibition]

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1996Zika P, 'Monstrances', University of Tasmania Fine Art Collection, Hobart (1996) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1995Zika P, Hill PW, 'Liquid Voices - Anne Morrison', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 24 (1995) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Co-authors: Hill PW

Other Creative Work

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Zika P, 'Cornucopia 1 (1998); Cornucopia 5 (2000); Cornucopia 6 (2000) ', Glen Eira City Council, Melbourne, pp. 3 (2008) [Representation of Original Art]

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2006Zika P, 'Documentation of place and contemplation, Black Australia/White Australia 1983-4', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 2 (2006) [Representation of Original Art]

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2003Zika P, 'The Barcelona Studio: Fragments of a Brief History', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 4 (2003) [Representation of Original Art]

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2003Zika P, Holmes JH, Lendis CJ, 'Painting Tasmanian Landscape', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 32 (2003) [Catalogue]

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Co-authors: Holmes JH; Lendis CJ

2002Zika P, 'Pattern as Subject', CAST, Hobart, pp. 3 (2002) [Representation of Original Art]

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2001Zika P, 'So many things can happen in one minute', Plimsoll gallery, Hobart, pp. 16 (2001) [Catalogue]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

$138,220

Projects

International Artist Exchange Residency Tasmania-Ireland (Pilot Stage 2) (2008)$10,000
Funding
Arts Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Cultural Exchange
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Zika P; Kelly SM
Year
2008
The Shifting Locus of Artistic Practice: A Survey and Critical Analysis of Solo Exhibitions in Australian Public Galleries, 1970-2000 (2003 - 2005)$88,720
Funding
Australian Research Council ($88,720)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects Round 1
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Holmes JH; Malpas J; Zika P; Judd C; Kunda M
Period
2003 - 2005
Grant Reference
LP0347324
A Survey and Critical Analysis of Solo Exhibitions in Australian Public Galleries 1975-2000 (2002)$12,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($12,500)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Holmes JH; Malpas J; Zika P; Kunda M
Year
2002
Supplementary funding (1997)$7,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($7,000)
Scheme
Grant-Supplementary
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Colless EC; Zika P
Year
1997
Art Exhibitions Programme (1992)$20,000
Funding
Arts Tasmania ($20,000)
Scheme
Grant-Exhibitions/Installations
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Zika P
Year
1992

Research Supervision

Current

4

Completed

41

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDFugitive Identity: An abstraction of persona through the mask, camouflage and material assemblage2013
PhDA Painterly Exploration of the Pain Altered Mind Body Connection2017
PhDThe Identity of Objects: A visual ontology of things2018
PhDRedefining the Regions: the case for a new public art in regional Australia2019

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDThe Ontological Framing of Expanded Abstract Painting within Henri Bergsons Principles of Movement, Duration, Intuition and Becoming
Candidate: David Ronald Hawley
2018
PhDThe Suspension of Pictorial Equilibrium: Materialising mutability in the medium of paint
Candidate: Megan Walch
2017
PhDThe Ordinary Everyday: Exploring sensations of uncertainty and instability in abstract sculpture and installation artworks
Candidate: Steven Jon Carson
2016
PhDConstructed Situations: Socialising a Sculptural Practice
Candidate: Jack Timothy Robins
2015
PhDThe Ever Present Eye; a studio exploration of the moment and the everyday lived experience
Candidate: Greer Honeywill
2015
PhDVisions of Enchantment: Fictions of Intimacy within Contemporary Art
Candidate: Joy Elizabeth Barber
2013
PhDCollaborating with Nature: Reinterpreting Human Ecology
Candidate: Dean Anthony Chatwin
2013
MastersMapping Technological Causality: A Visual Exploration into Processes of Technological and Informational Overload
Candidate: Jacob Thomas Leary
2012
PhDOf Things Dark and Distant: Mythic Unknowing through Installation Practice
Candidate: Peter Hugh Waller
2012
MastersThe Urge to Appropriate: Internalising Appropriation Through Hybrid Studio Practice
Candidate: Scott Denis Cotterell
2012
PhDInside Reductive Abstraction (still): Sensation, Visual Perception, Memory and the Aesthetic Experience of the Object
Candidate: Dorothy Anne Mestitz
2011
MastersLove and Longing, Death and Desire, and Feminine Place: A Contemporary Practice Informed by Victorianism and Colonial Tasmania
Candidate: Jan Jefferys
2011
MastersIn The Frame: A visual exploration of the Low Art framework and High/Low dialectics of contemporary literary crime fiction through painting and multi-media assemblage.
Candidate: Carol Joan Rodwell
2010
MastersPotency of the Invisible: An Exploration into Urban Symbiotics Through Installation Practice
Candidate: Denise Ava Robinson
2010
PhDHeaven's Above-Celestial Ceilings: A Contemporary Paragon of Apotheosis
Candidate: Wayne Anthony Brookes
2009
MastersThe Production and Consumption of the Sexually Explicit; A Painterly Exploration into the Pornification of Culture
Candidate: Mathew Craig Ward
2009
MastersDeveloping a Visual Language That Engages With Contemporary Dissent and Critical Opinion
Candidate: Benjamin David Kluss
2008
PhDReinventing Rapport: An Investigation of the Mother-Daughter Dyad within Contemporary Figure Painting
Candidate: Mary Elizabeth Pridmore
2007
MastersA Shifting Facade: An Exploration of the Zone Between Actual and Illusionary Form
Candidate: Rebecca Dorothy Coote
2007
MastersSpatial Hysteresis: Glimpses of Our Yielding Place
Candidate: Lucy Bleach
2007
MastersSaint Sebastian and the Wounded Forest - Painting a Personal Relationship with the Tasmanian Landscape
Candidate: Andrew John Lendis
2006
PhDProblems with Nature - Sculptural Installation and the Culture/Nature Paradox
Candidate: Ian Francis Bonde
2006
PhDSuspension of Presence - An Exploration of the Interconnectedness of the Body, Space and Time
Candidate: Lucienne Emma Rickard
2006
MastersHomegroan girls: a visual investigation into the bad girl stereotype within popular soft porn website culture
Candidate: Tiffany Winterbottom
2006
PhDFabricating the Aesthetics of Mass through the Machine Made Multiple
Candidate: Lucia Leonora Usmiani
2006
MastersDesign Emergence: Beyond Modernist Orthodoxies in Colour/Form Painting
Candidate: Ona Kaukenas
2006
MastersPainting a Visual Language that Interprets my Personal World
Candidate: Alan Henry Young
2005
PhDLanguage, Knowledge and Subjectivity: a new visual interpretation
Candidate: Brigita Tija Ozolins
2004
MastersSystematizing Randomness: A new decorative order
Candidate: Johnnie Arthur Arnold
2004
MastersRender me naked: the painted self and the spectator
Candidate: Celeste Helene Chandler
2003
MastersInteriors from the Mind: Pictorial Illusionism within Painting
Candidate: Andrew John Dewhurst
2003
MastersReinterpreting Pattern and Decoration in Contemporary Painting
Candidate: David Ronald Hawley
2003
MastersFood for Thought: a visual investigation of the nature-culture dichotomy as manifested in "farm" animals
Candidate: Yvette Marie Watt
2003
MastersVisual Virtuosity - Contemporary Quadratura Painting: An Allegory of a Portrait
Candidate: Wayne Anthony Brookes
2003
MastersEnchanted World: a visual investigation into the space of seduction
Candidate: Kylie Louise Johnson
2002
PhDThe space of the screen and contemporary ambivalence: an innovative analysis of contemporary painterly pictorial construction
Candidate: Megan Keating
2002
MastersMore Minimal Conditions for Painting
Candidate: Neil Jefford Haddon
2002
PhDTransforming histories: The visual disclosure of contentious pasts
Candidate: Julie Anne Gough
2001
MastersA re-presentation of object phenomena
Candidate: John Michael Vella
2000
MastersBeyond flesh: an investigation of the representations of the human body which exist beyond the boundaries of the 'normal'
Candidate: Shelley Marree Chick
1998
MastersVisual perceptual codes within contemporary photography, painting and digital imagery
Candidate: Martin Brian Walch
1998