Monthly Archives: September 2017

Week of 9/26 Assignments :: What is a Manifesto and why is it important to write one?

What is a Manifesto and why is it important to write one?

On 9/26/17 we dug into the definition of a manifesto as a class.

Assignment: Students will generate experimental manifestos outside of class this week and post them below before our next class. (Share yours in the comments section below. You may want to write it out in a word processor first and then paste your input below.)

Remember, manifestos are public statements, posting yours here will suffice as public space.

According to merriam-webster.com : “a manifesto is written statement that describes the policies, goals, and opinions of a person or group” This is usually made public to hold one to their statements.”

Examples to look at for contrast & inspiration-

Manifestos for Art, Life & Business :

http://99u.com/articles/7005/5-manifestos-for-art-life-business

http://www.brainpickings.org/2011/04/08/five-manifestos-for-life/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/monicatan/11-manifestos-that-could-change-your-art-life-ehq1?utm_term=.ne2nG8arD#.ulReGy64Q

Video Links:

(The second above video is by Andrew Castrucci who taught at LIU in the art dept. for several years between 2000-2009. )

Feel free to also share any links that you discover in your own research into this topic. the more examples and contrast we build the better. We will discuss our finding in class.

ART 550 Assignments – Week of 9/19

Dear Class,
Great dialogs last night during our class!

Please see our Assignments for the week of 9/19 – 9/26 below.

1. Please feel free to re-review the Interviews with the Top Contemporary Artists that we looked at yesterday – https://art550art503liupost.com/2017/09/19/artist-interviews-top-contemporary-artists-or-are-they/
(Leave a comment at the bottom of the page if you wish. I would greatly appreciate your feedback, input and expressions. Commenting regularly is great practice. It will help you form a new habit of becoming more outspoken and immediate with your first impressions to new exposure and experiences. It puts you in touch with your impressions and gives you the ability to respond immediately.)

2. MFA/MA Thesis Writing Guide – Please read and respond in the form of a comment on the How to Write Your MFA in Fine Art essay on my blog. Please comment directly on the blog post itself. Go here – https://www.ryanseslow.com/how-to-write-your-mfa-thesis-in-fine-art-and-beyond/

3. For this coming week, please take a few minutes to write down a series of interview questions that you would like to ask artists like Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Mariko Mori, James Turrel, Kara Walker or Marina Ambromovic. What would ask them if you had the opportunity to sit down with them for 1 hour? Each studetn should have at least 5 -10 questions. You can write this by hand or type it out, maybe you want to blog about it or share it on social media? The process is wide open. Bring this to class on Tuesday 9/26, we will be conducting a class exercise together.

***I added a new Google Translate button to the righthand sidebar our website. Feel free to translate the website into the language that you prefer. See the Image below.

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Artist Interviews :: Top Contemporary Artists? Or Are They?

The interviews below will be viewed and discussed in class on 9/19/17 – feel free to later leave your written opinions and reactions in the comment section below.

Video with Damien Hirst- 

http://www.damienhirst.com/video/2007/ftlog-interview

“I just thought, ‘What can you pit against death?”[1]

‘For the Love of God’, a platinum skull set with diamonds, is one of Hirst’s most important and widely recognised works. Its raw materials define it as an artwork of unprecedented scale. The 32 platinum plates making up ‘For the Love of God’ are set with 8,601 VVS to flawless set diamonds, weighing a massive 1,106 carats. The teeth inserted into the jaw are real and belong to the original skull.

The skull from which ‘For the Love of God’ was cast, was purchased from a London taxidermist and subsequently subjected to intensive bioarchaeological analysis and radiocarbon dating. This research revealed it dated from around 1720 – 1810, and was likely to be that of a 35-year-old man of European/Mediterranean ancestry. The title originates from exclamations Hirst’s mother would make on hearing plans for new works when he was starting out as an artist. As he explains: “She used to say, ‘For the love of God, what are you going to do next!’”

‘For the Love of God’ acts as a reminder that our existence on earth is transient. Hirst combined the imagery of classic memento mori with inspiration drawn from Aztec skulls and the Mexican love of decoration and attitude towards death. He explains of death: “You don’t like it, so you disguise it or you decorate it to make it look like something bearable – to such an extent that it becomes something else.”[2]

The incorporation of the large central stone was inspired by memories of the comic ‘2000 AD’, which Hirst used to read as a child. He relates how the comic, “used to have a character in it called Tharg the Mighty who had a circle on his forehead. He was like a kind of powerful, God-like figure who controlled the universe,” Hirst explains. “It kind of just looked like it needed something. A third eye; a connection to Jesus and his dad.”[3]

Alongside their dazzling brilliance and “Eucharistic” beauty, Hirst’s fascination with diamonds results partly from the mutterings and uncertainty surrounding their inherent worth. In the face of the industry’s ability to establish their irreplaceable value, it becomes necessary to question whether they are “just a bit of glass, with accumulated metaphorical significance? Or [whether they] are genuine objects of supreme beauty connected with life.”[4] The cutthroat nature of the diamond industry, and the capitalist society which supports it, is central to the work’s concept. Hirst explains that the stones “bring out the best and the worst in people […] people kill for diamonds, they kill each other”.[5]

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In 2010, Hirst created a second, baby diamond skull called ‘For Heaven’s Sake’ using pink diamonds.

  1. Damien Hirst – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jQ6isqr2OY

2. Jeff Koons – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZWwqlcA50w

3. Marina Ambramovic – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4so_Z9a_u0

4. James Turrell –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bvg6kaWIeo

5. Mariko Mori – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qztEpDgYA1Y

6. Kara Walker – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnhOJE8zZ0I

Welcome to ART 550! Some Info

Welcome  ART 550 Students!

Our first class was this past Tuesday, it was great to meet you all!

This blog is one of our main formats of communication and learning. You will be receiving an e-mail each time there is a new publication. Reacting and responding regularly for currently enrolled students is mandatory. Alumni and those who have already taken the course are encouraged to participate and share with us!

Between now and this coming Tuesday, I would love for you to take a peek at our class syllabus – it is located here.

I would also like for you to leave a comment below describing your impressions of our first class. Feel free to share or express anything you felt or would like to expand upon.

Thanks so much!