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About Ryan Seslow

Ryan Seslow is an artist, graphic designer & professor of Art & Design living and working in New York. Working in a variety of mediums Seslow shows his work both on and off of the Internet. As a professor of art & design he is teaching various graduate and undergraduate courses simultaneously between 4 colleges in NYC & the surrounding area.

Marc Quinn, Tyrone’s Thesis Outline Example & More

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1. Marc Quinn – 2006 – Self Portrait

Self is a self-portrait of the artist, but one that literally uses his body as material since the cast of Quinn’s head, immersed in frozen silicone, is created from ten pints of his own blood. In this way, the materiality of the sculpture has both a symbolic and real function. The work was made at a time when Quinn was an alcoholic and a notion of dependency – of things needing to be plugged in or connected to something to survive – is apparent since the work needs electricity to retain its frozen appearance. A further iteration made every five years, this series of sculptures presents a cumulative index of passing time and an ongoing self-portrait of the artist’s aging and changing self.”

Via – http://marcquinn.com/artworks/self

 

2. Class Exercise: During last weeks’s class we discussed the Thesis Outline Process.

Its time to simulate our own. This week in our class ( 10/23) we will create and complete a Thesis outline. We will gather feedback from the class about our process and plug in aspects of writing already completed from previous assignments.

Tyrone Santana Copeland graduated in 2014 from the LIU Post MFA program. I am sharing his Thesis outline below as a reference guide and contrasting element. Please review the format before our next class.

https://art550art503liupost.com/2014/11/19/tyrones-thesis-abstract/

(click the link above sooner than later)

*DUE by Tuesday 10/30 : Thesis / Research paper outline – Submit by E-mail to Ryan (at) ryanseslow.com

 

3. **On 10/30 – Class collaboration project #1  – Studio work session. Students will bring materials to start, complete and present their group pieces during this class session. We will be discussing the works of several artist collaborations over a historical timeline. What are the benefits of artistic collaboration in relationship to your Thesis?

LIU POST Campus Writing Center Info

I cant encourage all students enough to visit the great people at the campus writing center! They are waiting for you! See below,

As Per the Universities Website:

 

LIU POST Campus Writing Center


Welcome to the Writing Center. Writing is a powerful tool not only for communicating existing ideas but also for discovering new ones. The Writing Center is staffed by trained undergraduate and graduate students who work collaboratively with LIU Post students on a one-to-one basis to help them develop the strongest texts possible. Students come to the Writing Center because all writers can improve their writing through feedback. We can help you to brainstorm, plan, edit, revise and proofread your texts. In short, we can collaborate with you on any work in progress.

We are located in Humanities Hall, Room 223

HOURS OF OPERATION: FALL AND SPRING

Monday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

During our open hours, stop by by HM 223, call (516) 299-2732, or email Post-WC@liu.edu to schedule a session. Walk-ins are welcome, and will be seen whenever possible; scheduling ahead guarantees you a spot.

Come in for a face-to-face session, or Skype with us if that’s easier for you.

For our Winter schedule, please visit: https://postwc.wordpress.com/

STAFF

Writing Assistants are graduate students and upper-level undergraduates currently enrolled at LIU Post. They have been trained to help you develop the thinking and writing strategies that work best for you. They are people who enjoy writing and who understand that writing works differently for everyone. Writing Assistants will help you consider a variety of important questions about your writing, including the audience for and purpose of your text, as well as how to revise your writing with audience and purpose in mind.

Director:
Mary Pigliacelli
516-299-2732

Discussing the Artist Statement, Thesis Drafts & TANGO – Week of 10/16

1. Artist Statements & the Artist Statement List Conversion Process –

2. Reviewing your writing progress, a look into what has been accomplished thus far, what can be improved and applied. Research, the writing center & creative approaches.

3. Thesis / Research Paper Outline simulation & discussion. Creating “the doc.”

 

“Tango” by Zbigniew Rybczyński  – 1980.

Tango is set in one room with an increasing number and series of interesting characters that loop in and out of the composition over and over.

Can you stop watching? Tango won The Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1983.

Questions to ponder and react to:

Tango is considered a “short animated film”, but is this a film? How would you describe it in 2018?

How would you describe both pieces technically? The year they were made plays a role for sure. Or does it?

What did you think of “Tango” and “Les Grands Ensembles” as a whole?

What is your interpretation of each piece? What is the artist communicating?

Does the art work(s) induce personal reflection in anyway? If so please share.

Do you find connections between these two works of Media Art? If so, please describe?

 

*Feel free to leave further reactions and responses in the comments section below.

Manifesto Style to Artist Statement

Last week in class we discussed and shared our Manifestos!

We discussed the writing process and technique and how it can be applied to writing an Artist Statement.

*This week MFA students will be having their mid-term critique (but all MA students are are also being asked to apply this technique to submitting an Artist Statement this week as well)

The writing approach we used for our Manifesto encourages the use of making a list of statements to communicate and express ourselves publicly. In the coming week each student will be creating and completing an outline for their research papers, and for some, their final thesis.

Between now and Tuesday 10/16, please begin writing your Artist Statement by generating a list of 15-20 (or more) individual short statements in the form of a list (just like your manifesto). Publish your statement in the comments section below.

**Put your emphasis on the most current body of your work. This should be something that you have been working on for at least the last 2 months. 

Questions and format to focus on as you generate the statement: (but you are not bound to)

1. Description – Describe the concept and idea around the body of work that you will be discussing. Be clear and objective, you need not tell your whole life story here. By creating a list, you will illustrate the many fragments of your thought process. Don’t worry about editing or making things perfect, just list. What is the work about? What are you communicating and why?

2. Process, Materials and Methods – Here you will a list and discuss the descriptions of your working processes, techniques learned and applied, and the materials used to generate the art that you have created. Why have you selected these specific materials and techniques to communicate your ideas for this body of work? How do these choices effect how the viewer will receive your work? Have you personalized a technique in a new way? How so? Were their limitations and new discoveries?

3. Resources and References – Historical and cultural referencing, artists, art movements, databases, and any other form of related influence. How has your research influenced your work, ideas, and decision-making process? What contrasts and contradictions have you discovered about your work and ideas? How has research and exposure during your last few weeks inspired this body of work? Have you made direct and specific connections to an art movement or a series of artists? Explain your discoveries and how you came to those conclusions.

By engaging this assignment from the fresh perspective of writing a manifesto you will open another pathway to generate a new outcome. 

After the list generating exercise, if you wish, you can then convert your list into sentences and paragraphs for the sake of a more traditional formation – but this is up to you.

 

PS – those Interested in submitting to the F.I.L.E exhibition should express interest this week in class – https://file.org.br/highlight/open-call-file-2019/

Week of 10/9 – Class Info

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10/9 – Simulating our Thesis / Research paper writing template, model and inspiration for formatting. In class discussion on the writing process.

1. Personal Manifesto – In class Discussion / Student examples – (This should now be posted onto our class blog.)

2. MFA Thesis Updated info – Art Dept submission date, guidelines & MFA Handbook.

3. Banksy at Sothebys – In class discussion and examination of the event, how it is shared and what this means for future artists – (please examine the articles below outside of class)

https://www.ft.com/content/5d692b72-ca4b-11e8-9fe5-24ad351828ab

https://hyperallergic.com/464419/1-3m-banksy-artwork-self-destructs-at-auction/

MFA Thesis Submission – Updated Requirements

All MFA Students:

Please be advised that the submission deadline for all MFA students graduating in May of 2019 has been recently updated via the Art Dept.

All graduating MFA students must submit their Thesis proposal by December 7th 2018. The paper will be submitted to Professor Seung Lee.

 

Updated Thesis guidelines below are taken from the MFA Student Handbook.

(You can download a PDF copy of the handbook here)

Thesis 

The Thesis Proposal is written in the “Art 550; Art Criticism for Artists” class.

The instructor will detail the requirements for this paper, which will be submitted by the end of the fall semester prior to the student’s Thesis show in the spring.

In brief, a Thesis Proposal should detail:

  • The Creative concept within the work
  • The Technical aspects of the work
  • The Exhibition, as the student plans to present it

The proposal MUST have a title, and it should be 5-10 typewritten pages.

Students will select two full-time studio faculty members to be their Thesis Committee members whose purpose is to review the student’s Thesis Proposals at the end of the fall semester.  The Committee members must sign a Thesis Committee Form to prove that they have read the essay and are working with the student on their Thesis Proposal.  This Thesis Committee Form will act as a cover page for the Thesis paper.  Again, the Paper and Form will be turned in by the end of the semester prior to the student’s last semester. The Proposal will be kept on file with the student’s permanent record.

 

*Leave a comment of question below for further clarity, or contact me via e-mail or bring your questions to class to discuss.

Week of 10/2 – Manifestos & More

Part 1 – The Artist Manifesto – Why is it important?

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/

DADA – 1918 – http://391.org/manifestos/1918-dada-manifesto-tristan-tzara.html#.W7J6vBNKjOQ

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.

Part 2 – This week in class we will screen  Remix and Reuse Fairness – “Andy Baio is a software developer for Kickstarter writes and speaks about his experience being sued by a photographer and is forced to settle and pay thousands of dollars.

Class discussion follows