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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

people's choice award for student show
go vote for a WASHer

go by the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery today and vote!

The awards ceremony will be Thursday, April 21 at 5pm in E108. Reception in gallery afterwards.

Monday, April 18, 2011

lecture 9 (4/15) assignment

lecture homework for April 15

Reading Assignment: In The Making: Choosing a Mission: pg.281-321 (Victoria Vesna, Wenda Gu, Tony Oursler, and Mariko Mori)

Writing Assignment:
The Dia Art Foundation's  second artists' project for the world wide web, begun in 1995, was created by the Russian emigrant artist team Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid. The Most Wanted paintings, as well as the Least Wanted paintings, reflect the artists' interpretation of a professional market research survey about aesthetic preferences and taste in painting. Intending to discover what a true "people's art" would look like, the artists, with the support of the Nation Institute, hired Marttila & Kiley, Inc. to conduct the first poll. In 1994, they began the process which resulted in America's Most Wanted and America's Least Wanted paintings, which were exhibited in New York at the Alternative Museum under the title "People's Choice."

Copy and paste survey into blog post and answer the questions in Komar and Melamid's survey about painting preferences. After you have finished, answer the following questions in thoughtful, paragraphs in your blog post:

1. Do you think that your answers  are similar or different from most Americans? In what ways are they similar, and different?

2. Which questions do you think  would be the most helpful if  one was using market research to design new paintings for sale? What questions would you ask differently, or leave out entirely?

3. Would this work? Why or why not?

Post (title: lecture 9 assignment) your completed survey, and your answers before Friday, April 29

Monday, April 11, 2011

The BIG IDEA [final project]

Download your BIG IDEA handout and thoroughly verse yourself with the handout and begin your brainstorming.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lecture 8 [4/8] reading and writing assignment
due Monday, April 18

Download handout

Lecture homework for April 8: Fantasy
Due Monday, April 18, posted to blog.

In The Making: Relating to The Audience: pg.74- 119
(Charles Ray, Will Schade, Arnaldo Morales, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Gillian Wearing)

Research the work of Survival Research Laboratories and
answer the following questions in a 600 word essay [your own words]:
  1. Looking at the work of SRL as fantasy, what fantasies does it fulfill?
  2. Compare SRL's performances to more mainstream events/entertainment that articulate the same kinds of fantasy. How are they alike, what key elements are different?
  3. Is SRL "yanks with tanks" as the Dutch protesters said? Does SRL's work promote or critique mechanized violence? or both?
  4. Who is SRL's audience? Why were they staging a big event in Amsterdam, rather than Tripoli, Libya or Kandahar, Afghanistan?
Artists mentioned in the lecture:
Thomas Kinkade, Thomas Cole, Carl Jung, Tibetan Buddhist monks, sand mandala, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France, George Lucas et al. Star wars, Norman Rockwell, Freedom from Want, Bernardo Bett, life of Saint Bernardino of Siena, Odilon Redon, The Buddha, 1905, Mariko Mori, WAVE ship, Roger Dean, fantastic landscape (album cover), James Cameron, Avatar (film still), Survival Research Laboratories, Albert Pinkham Ryder, The Race Track, H.R. Giger, DOOM II video game still, The Laocoon Group, 1st c B.C., Chiho Aoshima, Aubrey Beardsley, Salome: The Dancers Reward, 1894, Tibetan demon mask, carved wood, 17th c., Takashi Murakami, DOB inflatable, 2008
Eugene Delacroix, Death of Sardanapolis, 1827, William Kentridge, Mine, 1985, Rene Magritte, Rape, Edvard Munch, The Scream, Paul McCarthy, Spaghetti Man, 1993, Kara Walker, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Raymond Pettibon, cover of Pig cupid, 1985

Friday, April 8, 2011

your IDENTITY ESSENTIALS should be posted today

and your inflatable model images, proposal boards and crit write up should show up before Monday.

Here are a few IDENTITY ESSENTIALS (don't forget to include what category you are working within). Plus, don't know if it is my connection, but a number of your links are broken to a few of your images. Please fix if applicable to you.

Body as a site of conflict
Be sure to go see Chinny's entire series. The cutting off of the face yet revealing the expression of the mouth reveals the actual emotion/attitude/statement that lies behind her question.

Body as landscape
Emily H has created a nice cohesive series

Body [metaphor] as essence of  gender

Katy combined essence of gender, body as landscape and
used Georgia O'Keefe's work to determine color palette.

Essence of gender (metaphor/humor)
Maggi and she shot these in the grocery story (guts for breaking social mores/norms)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Crit guide for Inflatatopia Models

Here is the guide we will be using to review your models and proposal boards.
You may use it now to be sure you've addressed everything requested.

Model/Proposal crit guide

Friday, April 1, 2011

MW Performance Schedule
WASHey Awards

Monday's 4/4 Performance Schedule

1.     Martin 1.     Donovan
2.     Brian 2.     Krystal
3.     Malicia 3.     Ollie

4.     Kevin 4.     Jackie
5.     Josh 5.     Keenan
6.     Chinedu 6.     Emily T

7.     Nic 7.     Naomi
8.     Kim 8.     Dante
9.     Casey 9.     Hannah

10. Wendy 10. Hannah
11. Emily H 11. Katy
12. Sarah 12. Brittnie

13. Selina 13. Danielle
14. Zach 14. Allison
15. Jada 15. Ryan

16. Mirella 16. Carlos
17. Jeremy 17. Tayler
18. Lee Ann 18. JP

19. Lauren 19. Janna
20. David 20. Shelby
21. Tray 21. Alex
22. Brandon 22. Maggie


most excellent
inflatable teams

Emily H
Emily T



Lee Ann







2D :: This studio course introduces the studio arts, contemporary art history, theory and technology to the incoming student. It is designed to immerse students in an intense program of researching, interpreting and creating art in the twenty-first century. ART 130 emphasizes the 2-Dimensional Arts but pushes into the 3rd and 4th as well. Its companion courses, ART 131 and ART 132W, support this studio course with lectures, readings, visiting artists and demonstrations.

3D :: This studio course introduces the studio arts, contemporary art history, theory and technology to the incoming student. It is designed to immerse students in an intense program of researching, interpreting and creating art in the twenty-first century. ART 131 emphasizes the 3-Dimensional Arts as well as pushing into the 4th Dimension.

Lecture :: This course introduces the concepts, theories and information for development in ART 130 and ART131, the studio components linked with this visual arts foundation course. It is an arena for students to experience lectures, demonstrations, seminar activities and visiting speakers, as well as the more traditional aspects of the discipline. It is geared towards contemporary visual concerns and uses experimental techniques to expose students to an array of styles and methodologies.

Think bootcamp for artists!