This project is largely self-directed and begins with a thoughtful consideration of each students self defining interests, inspirations, passions, activities and material interests beyond 2D Comp. Questions like “What do I love to do?” and “What is important to me?” may be starting points. Keep in mind that the final product should be completely abstract and non-representational.
An exploration of contemporary artists driven by similar passions and/or exploring similar interests, activities, materials, etc. should raise questions like “What kind of art do I love/hate?” and “What kind of art do I want to make?” and even “What is art?” This exploration should lead each student to an artist or multiple artists to look at for methodological direction.
**********Contemporary Art: Is roughly 40 years (1970-Present-ish) more info here: Contemporary Art Definition
Some artists to look at: Elizabeth Murray, Sol Lewitt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Josef Albers, Al Held, Steven McCallum, Carrie Moyer, Trudy Benson, Arturo Herrara, Ellsworth Kelly, Jonathan Lasker, Frank Stella, Imran Qureshi, Hasan Elahi, Corrie Slawson, Aisha Khalid, Tom Denlinger, Laura Newman, Matthew Girson, Ambreen Butt, Jelena Berenc, Scott A Stack, Linn Meyers, Assaf Evron, Brian Grimson, Gunjan Kumar, Sarah Ahmed, James Jankowiak, Shaurya Kumar, Vibha Malhotra, Anila Quayyum Agha, Isabel Manalo, Jeremy Flick, Byron Kim
El Anatsui, Damien Hirst, Jen Stark, Takashi Murakami, Michael Loderstedt, Lesley Mutchler, Julie Evans, Amy Ross, Jason Urban, Eva Wylie, Walead Beshty, Yayoi Kusama, Louise Bourgoise, Wayne Thiebaud, Glenn Ligon, Rosemarie Trockel, Barry McGee, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Chuck Close, Ellen Gallagher, Philip Guston, Peter Halley, David Hockney, Jacob Lawrence, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Beatriz Milhazes, Gerhard Richter, Chris Ofili, Shazia Sikander, Alexandria Smith, Fred Tomaselli, Gianna Commito, Phillip Buntin, Arron Foster, Janice Lessman-Moss, Taryn McMahon, Bridget Riley, Al Held
Chris Ofili, Jen Stark, Scott Olson, Jimmy Ernst, Olga Balema, Shawn Powell
4.1 – Research and Presentation
What principles of 2D design (ORDER, COLOR, ACTION & CONCEPT) does the artist use identify and give examples of topics or themes the artist uses The mode the work is made – woven paper, painted wood panel, collage, ink drawing… Cultural inspiration within the artist work – nature, technology, the afterlife…
Example of how research might begin:
Now the most important part:
How do you respond to these elements found in research and make them your own?
Your artist needs to be selected and shared with me by TUESDAY, NOV. 21st
PRESENTATION: You will thoughtfully compile all the pertinent research about and based around your artist and present a five minute slide presentation. Your presentation cannot be longer than five minutes. The last few slides of you presentation should contain ideas and sketches relevant to your proposed final project. What feeling, idea, message do you want to convey to the viewer? Using the topics we have learned in class how will you achieve it visually? What material does it need to be?
PRESENTATIONS ARE SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 27TH.
Schedule chosen at random and posted here the week of.
4.2 – Blog archive of artists
This will be an ongoing list of artworks that you like. Please make sure you add an image along with the label info and your own personal note for each image. You should have at least 10 artworks in your list but can put more. Please rank your top five artworks for further clarity.
YOUR ARTIST LIST IS DUE ON YOUR BLOG TUESDAY, NOV. 28TH
4.3 – Artwork
Part 1 and 2 are designed to assist you in planning and creating your final project. Come up with your own conceptual 2D art piece. Your piece must utilize 3 aspects of 2D composition we learned in class. This can be a mix of Gestalt Principles of composition, color relativity, schemes & mixing and/or 2D illusions of space and motion. Pull from all the exercises we did over the last 3 months to create a strong piece of artwork.
Your final artwork can be of any size and done in any 2D media (painting, collage or digital). Your artwork must be based in abstraction and non-representation. You will not begin your piece until you have completed the research, presentation and blog archive of artist. All of that information is to feed your idea and you must speak with me about your idea before starting.
ARTWORK DUE: DECEMBER 12 TH
FINAL EXAM/CRITIQUE *ATTENDANCE REQUIRED
5:30 – 8:15 P.M.