Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Johnnie Dady, Artist

"I set myself a short exercise: to cut and fold a large cardboard box into the form of a vespa [at real scale] that was parked outside the studio. I intended the cardboard to remain as a continuous piece so the task had to be approached by folding rather than being constructed from fragments. I wanted, if possible, to retain the identity of the box. Having managed to realise a version of the scooter I then repaired and reinstated the box to its former volume." Link here for more images.

My London Studio [2005]

aquarelle pencil, biro, gesso, pins, tracing paper on paper
1080 x 1000 mm
Link here for more drawings.

Link here for more of this body of work.

Adrian Merz, Artist

Adrian Merz from Switzerland, a student in visual communication, created the 'Winter 1972' project by using thousands of white post-it notes in a living room.
Link here. Merz documented the entire process.

Blueprint Relief, A Facility Which Provides a Blue Backdrop of An Old House

Greg sent this to me. Found here on Thank you Greg.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Annette Messager, Artist

Francesco Clemente, Artist

Francesco Clemente, Fire, 1982, watercolor, 14 x 20 inches.

Nancy Spero, Artist

Nancy Spero.  Link here for more. 

Watch video on ART 21 PBS. If link does not work, you can search in  your browser.
Link here


A photographic print that reminds me of an erased charcoal drawing.

Idris Khan.  Source link here

Pen, Pencil and Colored Pencil

CJ Pyle.  Source link here

The Writing Is On The Wall

Maybe your drawing could be on the wall?

Liz Collini.  Link here.

Final Project Guidelines

The Final Project for this class is a body of work.  50% of the work will come from your Quick Challenges.  You will be using work you already completed to expand upon. You will decide on an idea/theme/process that you explored in a Quick Challenge and continue to add this body of work. The final project will demonstrate continued development in an area previously explored and reflect your ideas about contemporary and conceptual drawing practices.  I have set aside class days for each of you to “lay out” every quick challenge that you did during the semester.  As a class we will discuss your work; repeating themes or approaches, common details or ideas.  From this discussion you will decide how to proceed.  

Ask yourself, "What is it that I wish to communicate visually?" "What materials and processes can be used to successfully communicate my idea?"

Step 1, Do Some Research:
Post at least 3 pieces of research on your blog.  Each piece of research is to include a brief statement as to why you find the information important.  Research includes sources used in your planning process of the final project.  Sources include images of another artists work, images of historical artifacts, images of a particular process or material, written forms of information such as articles, poetry and literature, a video from TED Talks (or another worthy source).

Step 2, Get To Work:
Take pics as you work on your piece.  Post pics on your blog.

Step 3, Take A Professional Picture:
When your piece is complete, document it with professional photographs.  Take as many pics as needed to best show your piece.  Post on your blog.

Step 4, Write A Statement:
A written statement is required for the final project.  The questions above and your research will help you write the statement.  Post statement on your blog.

Artist William Kentridge drawing in his Johannesburg studio.  Source link here

Guidelines For Your Blog

  • Set up a blog for this class.  
  • No tumblr columns allowed. 
  • E-mail the address to me by the end of the first week of class. 
  • All student blog links are posted on this class blog for easy access during class presentation time.
  • Select a blog template that is clean and free of images/contrasting tones.  
  • The focus is your work and writing, not a fancy or colored background. 
  • Blog should appear professional in layout. EASY to navigate. Think website. If I can't navigate the blog in a fair amount of time, points will be deducted from your final course grade.
  • All images posted are to be professional quality.  Make sure work in focus and lighting allows work to present itself professionally. 
  • Include a title, materials, and size of each artwork. For work that is not exact in size you can use approximate measurements. For instance, approx. 4' x 3' or the work occupies a space approx. 5' x 3'. 
  • All writing posted should be thoughtful and meaningful, free of spelling and grammar errors.  Write and edit in a word document first. Then copy and past to your blog. Statements should demonstrate insight and intellect. The statements do not have to be complicated. Discuss what you did, why you did it and what you think of the outcome.  Include references to outside sources that offered you inspiration and/or you used for reference.
  • Long term assignments require that you post research and site sources. 
  • Blog due December 11, 2017, 12 noon. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing

Amazon link here.

“Drawing is everywhere. We are surrounded by it – it is sewn into the warp and weft of our lives: we practice it as one of our earliest experiences as schoolchildren, and as parents we treasure the drawings made by our offspring like nothing else. People draw everywhere in the world: drawing can even be used as a global visual language when verbal communication fails. As adults we use it pragmatically to sketch our own maps and plans, but we also use it to dream – in doodles and scribbles. We use drawing to denote ourselves, our existence within a scene: in the urban context, for example, graffiti acts as a form of drawing within an expanded field. Indeed, drawing is part of our interrelation to our physical environment, recording in and on it, the presence of the human. It is the means by which we can understand and map, decipher, and come to terms with our surroundings as we leave marks, tracks, or shadows to mark our passing. Footprints in the snow, breath on the window, vapor trails of a plane across the sky, lines traced by a finger in the sand – we literally draw in and on the material world. Drawing is part of what it means to be human – indeed, it would ridiculous to apply this statement to other, more specialized media, such as painting, sculpture, or collage, but somehow applied to the medium of drawing, the idea is easier to grasp.” From an essay by Emma Dexter, Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing, Phaidon Press

Student Work, Andrea Landers, Fall 2011