Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Greg April 9: Art at the end of the world

For Greg's class on April 9, we'll be discussing dystopian art. Read the essays below and consider some of the following questions in your written response: What themes connect the art featured in the readings? How do they relate to what's going on the world? Can such art change the world? Is the art effective as art? Is it effective in conveying its themes and ideas? What would make it more satisfying?

= "The Hunger Games and the teenage craze for dystopian fiction: Wizards and vampires are out. The market in teen fiction is dominated now by societies in breakdown. And it’s girls who are lapping them up" Amanda Craig, The Telegraph, March 14, 2012.
= "Life off the grid in Lucas Foglia: A Natural Order."
= “Detroit in ruins: The photographs of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre,” by Sean O’Hagan, The Observer, Jan. 1, 2011.
= "Rachel Berwick" By Ken Johnson, New York Times, Dec. 19, 1997.
= "Nature Boy: Walton Ford's fabulously detailed, Audubon-on-Viagra watercolors have been flying off gallery walls -- even if most of his audience is baffled by the peculiar birds and beasts that populate his paintings, and the darkly funny (and disturbing) stuff they're up to. The artist, as it turns out, is just as unconventional as his work." by Mark Jacobson, New York magazine, Oct. 21, 2002.
= "Zombie Mania Mounts in Indonesia" by Marcel Thee, Jakarta Globe, March 25, 2012.

Unrequired related reading:
"Vermont’s 'inverted skyscrapers' — and their architects: A new exhibition highlights Edward Burtynsky's otherworldly photographs of granite and marble quarries in Vermont."

Photo at top of the 2011 Zombie March in Boston copyright by Greg Cook.

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