Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Greg March 6: "Paint Things”?

In Greg’s class on March 6, we’ll be discussing hybrid abstraction based on readings about “Paint Things: Beyond the Stretcher” at DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. Seeing the show is recommended, but not required.

Consider: What are the common aspects of this art? What is motivating the artists to make this sort of work?

= Evening crits run through March 6.
= Spring break is the week of March 11.
= Research papers are due March 27.

Pictured: Katie Bell, "The Remnants," 2011, wood, acrylic, carpet, foam, plastic, plaster, and window blinds on wall, 7 x 11 feet,

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Caroline's groups readings for Weds 27th March and Mon 4th March

Caroline's groups readings for Weds 27th March and Mon 4th March

1. Weil, Harry, Old Themes, New Vaiations: The Work of Kate Gilmore, Afterimage, vol 39. no 3 pg 6 - 8
2. Bagenal, C, Ravishing Beauty: The Aesthetics of Rape in Grace Ndiritu's Video Desert Storm, Afterimage, vol 39 no1 pg 63 - 65
3. Blackwell, Diane, Feminist Video Art as a Forerunner to Postmodernism, Theory Now

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Greg Feb. 27: New Topographics and photography today

For Greg’s class on Feb. 27, we’ll be discussing New Topographics and photography today. Read the following essays:
= Introduction to “New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape” by William Jenkins, 1975.
= “LACMA traces photography’s New Topographics movement” by Leah Ollman, 2009
= “RISD’s ‘America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now’” by Greg Cook, 2012.
= “Alec Soth speaks at MassArt,” 2009.

Look up photos by the New Topographics group and Alec Soth. Consider the following quotes from the readings:
= Lewis Baltz: “The ideal photographic document would appear to be without author or art.”
= Robert Adams: “Pictures should look like they were easily taken. Otherwise beauty in the world is made to seem elusive and rare, which it is not.”
= John Schott: “This work basically said there’s a new world to be seen, and it deserves to be looked at, whether you see it as despoiling the landscape or simply as a fact.”
= Alec Soth: “Facebook: 15 billion uploaded photos. At its busiest, 550,000 images each second being uploaded. So I’ve been struggling with that. How do I function as a photographer in that environment? … How do we deal with the fact that [photography is] such an easy medium? And vernacular photography is often as good as the photography we try to do."

Did New Topographics photography achieve its goals? What is its continuing influence in the conceptual approach, the deadpan look, and the cameras used by photographers like Alec Soth today?

Remember: Evening crits run from Feb. 25 to March 6.

Pictured at top: Nicholas Nixon "Southeast View of the Fenway Area, Boston," 1975.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Greg Feb. 20: From Disneyland to Installation art

For Greg's class on Feb. 20, we'll be discussing installation art from "Pirates of the Caribbean" to Christoph Buchel. Watch the video above, read the essays below and consider the following questions in your written response: What makes great immersive installation art? What are some ways that "Pirates of the Caribbean" as well as Christoph Buchel, Randy Regier and Shary Boyle use symbols and stories to create mood and meaning? How do they connect to history or current events or cultural mythology? What are the advantages or disadvantages of being immersed in the experience? What are lessons we can take from this sort of installation art and apply to painting, photography, sculpture, performance, etc. Is there a difference in quality or meaning between what Disneyland achieves and what "fine art" installations do? Did Disneyland invent installation art in America? Can you identify earlier examples? Better earlier examples? What makes them better?

= Christoph Buchel's abandoned "Training Ground for Democracy," from 2008 court decision.

= "Fire in the Night: The Pre-Eminent Attraction-as-Art" from Passport to Dreams, Aug. 21, 2011.

= Randy Regier's "Dime Star" from The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, May 11, 2011.

= "Shary Boyle, beloved in Canada's art world, doesn't think she needs to leave the country to achieve international acclaim" by Mark Medley, National Post, Sept. 11, 2010. (More images here.)

Remember:  Our discussion group won't be meeting for a full discussion on Feb. 13. It will be a studio work day instead. But your preliminary list of exhibits that you are considering for your Research Paper is due on Feb. 13.

Also: Feb. 18 is Presidents Day, so there will be no classes that day.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Caroline's readings for Mon Feb 11 and Weds Feb 20

Caroline's readings for Mon Feb 11 and Weds Feb 20

NOTE: No discussion on Weds Feb 13th / studio time  / or Mon Feb 18th ( Presidents Day)

1. Moore, Rowan, The Inescapable Power of Architecture, The Guardian, May 8 2012 /

2. Bachelard, Gaston, The Poetics of Space, 1964, chapt 1 pg. 4 - 10.

3. Phenomenology, Excerpted from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,

4. Smagula, Howard, Currents: Contemporary Directions in the Visual Arts, 1989, pgs 292 - 299

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Caroline's Readings Mon Feb 4th and Weds Feb 6th

Caroline's Readings Mon Feb 4th and Weds Feb 6th

1. Reva Wolf, Homer Simpson as Outsider Artist, or How I learned to Accept Ambivalence (Maybe), Art Journal Fall 2006
2. Harvey Blume, Art Spiegelman : Lips, The Boston Book Review, 1995