16 Ideas About Art
- Jan 22 – "Women’s Work" is also Art
- Jan 27 – Abstraction is Freedom
- Feb 3 – You can Find Art Anywhere!
- Feb 10 – Drawing is Language
- Feb 17 – Cameras Tell Stories
- Feb 24 – Art can be Shocking!
- Mar 2 – We need to talk about Beauty
- Mar 9 – Your Realism is getting in the way of my Romanticism!
- Mar 16 – Art is a good excuse to go to fun places
- Mar 23 – Art is a good way to Talk to Your Brain!
- Apr 6 – Being Yourself can be Art
- Apr 13 – The Internet is an Art Gallery
- Apr 20 – Art can be Sustainable?
- Apr 27 – The Street is a great place for Art
- May 4 – Remix is the Art of Your Time!
- May 13 – Art is a lot about Speech
Idea #1: “Women’s Work” is also Art
throwing molten lead, 1969
|Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Wadsworth Atheneum, 1973
Donald Trump’s Star on Hollywood Blvd, 2017
- What is "Women’s Work"?
- What is "Art"?
- What does "Women’s Work" is also Art mean?
- In 1969 Mierle Laderman Ukeles wrote her Manifesto for Maintenance Art. 51 years later, in 2020, we will try our own Maintenance Art right here on the Long Beach State campus. Here’s our project:
Idea #2: Abstraction is Freedom
Autumn Rhythm, 1950
Blue Green Black Red: The Dallas Panels, 1988
- What is Abstraction?
- Do you prefer Representation or Abstraction?
- Texture & Configuration
- "Getting It" vs "Being With It"
Idea #3: You can Find Art Anywhere!
Window Wall for Cal State Long Beach, 1975
|Christo + Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Riechstag, Berlin, 1971-1995
Makapansgat Pebble, 3,000,000 BCE
- Where do I find Art?
- What am I looking for?
- How do I know it is Art?
- Is Art just everything? What isn’t Art?
- What is a Curator?
- Is a Curator different from an Artist?
- Has Social Media killed Loitering?
- What is a Flâneur?
Idea #4: Drawing is Language
Dürer’s Rhinoceros, 1515, woodcut
Heartbeat Drawing Since 1995, 1999
Lemon Meringue, 1964
- Do you like to draw?
- Is your drawing so awful that you just can’t stand to look at it?
- Who speaks more than one language?
- How many languages do you speak?
- Do you find that different languages enable different thought?
- Have you seen or made a drawing that said things difficult to say in words?
- Art Activity #4 – Drinking & Drawing
quotations on drawing from Dan Scott
Idea #5: Cameras Tell Stories
One of the spinners in Whitnel Cotton Mfg. Co. N.C., 1908
Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a taxi, NYC, 1991
Men and women in Louisville, Kentucky, line up seeking food and clothing from a relief station during the Great Ohio River Flood, 1937
- Are photographs "true" or "fiction"?
- Is there a difference between "true" and "truth"?
- Can "fiction" ever contain "truth"?
- What should be in a Photo Caption?
- Why do you look at an image? Because your friends or family or someone you find interesting posted it on Instagram?
- Do you "like" photos because of qualities in the photography?
- Or because you like, or want to be liked, by the person who took it?
- How long do you look at a photo on Instagram? More than one second? Or less?
- What do you think of Selfies?
- What’s the most amazing photograph you have ever seen?
- Do you have a "real" (DSLR or Mirrorless) camera?
- This week’s Photo Story Activity
Idea #6: Art can be Shocking!
What is the proper way to display a U.S. flag? 1988
Greeting the Tienamen Square Gate, 1995
A Punk Prayer, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow, 2012
- EC: Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, artist > Biddy Mason Memorial Park
- 30k: Biddy Mason, 20k: Bradbury Building, 10k: Lunch @GCM, 25k: MOCA, 25k: Broad, 25k: Disney-Cardiff-Miller – check hours! – due by 3/15 email Glenn w link
- What is a "shocking truth" you care about?
- This week’s Shock Art Activity.
Idea #7: We need to talk about Beauty
Birth of Venus, 1879
|Willem de Kooning
Woman and Bicycle, 1953
- Definition of "Art"
- Definition of "Aesthetics"
- Definition of "Beauty"
- What is "Sensible Beauty"?
- What is "Ethical Beauty"?
- What did Plato think about "Beauty"?
- What did Aristotle think about "Beauty"?
- What did Kant think about "Beauty"?
Idea #8: Your Realism is getting in the way of my Romanticism
Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps, 1812
|Caspar David Friedrich
Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, 1818
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Last Week: Art > Aesthetics > Beauty > Plato, Aristotle, Kant > Sensible Beauty > Ethical Beauty
- God’s mistakes – “Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” – Ansel Adams
- Romanticism – a movement in the arts and literature that originated in the late 18th century, emphasizing inspiration, subjectivity, and the primacy of the individual.
- Glorification of Nature
- Peak period 1800-1850
- Romanticism was a reaction against the order and restraint of classicism and neoclassicism (they preferred Medievalism) and a rejection of the rationalism that characterized the Enlightenment/Industrial Revolution
- 19th century composers: Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner
- Poets: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats
- Romantic Painters (stylistically diverse): William Blake, J. M. W. Turner, Delacroix, Goya
- On a scale from 100% Realism/0% Romanticism, to 0% Realism, 100% Romanticism, what percentage of Realism/Romanticism would you like your life to be?
- This week’s Art Activity: Writing a "Romantic" Pop Song – "Romantic" as in Romanticism, not necessarily as in people falling in love, although it could be that too.
Idea #9: Art is a good excuse to go to fun places
Flat City Sculpture, 2013
Watts Towers, 1921-1954
Digital Orca, 2009
We were supposed to be Burning Down the House this week. We were supposed to be getting off campus this week. Well, we still are, but Coronavirus kind of beat us to it.
If were were meeting F2F in MM-200 I would ask you 2 questions:
Why did you burn down the house?
Where will you go now?
This week we’ll try a Plaster Casting activity. It’s the same activity we would have done without Coronavirus, except the optional meetup is canceled. We’ll all be doing it on our own.
As I hope you know from the syllabus, if any activity is ever too problematic for you, you can always talk to me about an alternate activity. That’s even more true now. For some of you a beach trip might be a nice relief from your new normal. Or not. This activity does have a "bucket of sand at home" option. But if even that feels inappropriate for you at this time, LMK and we can work out other options on an individual basis.
Idea #10: Art is a good way to Talk to Your Brain
Harlequins Carnival, 1924
Automatic Drawing, 2016
Heartbeat Drawing Since 1995, 1999
- Surrealist Automatism
- Psychic Automatism
- Cognitive Maps
- Automatic Drawing
This week’s activity: Cognitive Maps & Automatic Drawing
Idea #11: Being Yourself can be Art
|Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Authenticity & Performance
- Internal Attribution & External Attribution
- Intrinsic Motivation & Extrinsic Motivation
This week’s Art Activity:
Idea #12: The Internet is an Art Gallery
|Eva & Franco Mattes
- The Internet as a Place for Art
- The Internet as an Artwork
- The Internet vs The City (fire, the wheel, etc)
- This week’s Art Activity: Virtual Art Gallery
Idea #13: Art can be Sustainable?
Spiral Jetty, 1970
Rowan Leaves and Hole, 1987
Slate Bauble, 2018
- Klimt – money
- Klimt – history – Woman in Gold
- Art about Sustainability
- Sustainable Art – Archival
- Sustainable Art – Toxic
- Sustainable Art – Waste/Materials
- Sustainable / Ephemeral Activity…
Idea #14: The Street is a great place for Art
|Swoon (Caledonia Curry)
(environmental portrait in her Brooklyn studio by Sasha Maslov, 2014
Obey Giant, 2008
(wearing a Jenny Holzer t-shirt), 1983
- The White Cube vs The Street
- Art Activity i14 – Graffiti Writing (Pandemic Isolation Version!)
Idea #15: Remix is the Art of Your Time!
Idea #16: Art is a lot about Speech
Now, Piotr Kowalski
- Maintenance Art
- Finding Art
Sometimes even a ghost story can be Art!