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Week of 12/4/18 – Chock Full of Energy!

1. HOW to BE an ARTIST – Jerry Saltz’s 33 Rule – Lets take a look!

https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/jerry-saltz-how-to-be-an-artist.html

2. F.I.L.E Festival submission Collaboration Video Submission Launch

Lets share our collaboration piece! We don’t yet know if the piece has been accepted or not, but as a class we can share our work and promote it together!

Here is a link to download the video – (you can share the video via Instagram and it will loop – this part is important) if you also add the content to twitter, facebook, LinkedIn or “other” simply use the link from our class blog here – https://art550art503liupost.com/2018/11/28/we-animated-collab-submission/

Please include (copy and paste) this info when you post the video or the link –

“WE” 2018, Animated Video.

“WE” is a collaborative Video Art / Animation created by the ART550 MFA/MA Graduate course students at LIU Post in New York.

Statement:

“We” Our ART550 class of fourteen people came together to create the project we call We. That is what is important. That is all that matters. The separations we perceive between ourselves are artificial. We are more than just our looks and the skin on our bodies. We all share the same basic human characteristics. This concept is a worldview that is incredibly common, but this piece proposes another idea entirely. The skin is not a wall separating and ostracizing individuals, but rather a bridge, connecting pieces of a whole. When we are near each other we can feel how we permeate togetherness. We act like an ocean and each so called self is a singular drop of a shade of color needed to cascade into the intense spectrum that is We. We, as work of digital art represents the preservation of our class energy throughout time and the way we view our experience as a whole. Through technology and art we are preserving ourselves in unity and our interconnectivity forever.

“WE” was submitted as a collaboration to the Electronic Language International Festival’s open call for International submissions in November 2018 – Lets keep our fingers crossed! More info here –  https://file.org.br

3. Final Paper submission discussion, suggestions and methods. 

4. Final student presentation date, discussion and methods for execution – Visual & Oratory. 

***12/7  – All graduating MFA students – Thesis proposal submission deadline.

Guest Artist Presentation & Reactions

In class on Tuesday November 20th 2018, Martynka Wawrzyniak was our guest speaker/artist. She presented her latest project in NYC as well as her recent projects from the past. She used her website’s to share images, videos and tour us around.

The class engaged Martynka is a great Q & A session after her presentation.

The class was asked to bring in a piece of their current work to generate a dialog with Martynka in the form of a critique. The class decided to collaborate and create a single document pdf. file with examples of their work. The pdf of student work was shared digitally to Martynka via the classroom’s smart board. The critique began with an anonymous peek into each students work before divulging who’s work was actually who’s.

You can revisit Martynka’s work and projects below.

https://www.martynka.com/

http://www.ziemia.nyc/home/

Reactions below are welcome and appreciated.

  1. What did you think of Martynka’s work as a whole?
  2. What project (s) stood out the most? (This could be conceptually, aesthetically or other)
  3. What did you discover about Martynka’s process on how she commits to an idea and follows through to completion? Duration/time plays a large role in her work, what does this say about the artist and her process?
  4. Did you feel that the class critique was effective in its presentation format? What would you have changed in retrospect?

Feel free to add any additional comments or questions. Martynka will be invited to respond to your feedback and questions here below.

Guest Artist Visit Reactions

On Tuesday night 11/7/17 Reem Hussein was our guest artist in ART550. Reem shared her experiences as an MFA student, artist and educator. She is currently the director of the Mannes Center for Art Education at the Nassau County Museum of Art. We followed up her talk with a Q&A from the class. 

Students were asked to bring in one piece of current art work for a critique led by Reem.  A dialog about each student’s work proceeded.

In the comments section below please share your sentiments and reactions about what you learned from the evening as a whole.

What insights, comments or reactions have stuck with you? What do you see or understand now about your piece/work that you may have not seen prior to the critique?

Feel free to also include other thoughts and feelings.

 

 

 

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!

Guest Artist Presentation & Critique Reactions

mfa-thesis-class

On 11/1/16 – Artist, LIU Post Alumnus and Professor Meredith Starr guest Lectured about her work and led students through a class critique of their work.

In the comments section below please share you thoughts and reactions:

What did you thing about Meredith’s work and projects?

What did you think about how Merdedith asserted herself and presented her work?

How did you receive the critique, feed back and sentiments about the work you brought in to class.

How did this class inspire you or activate new awareness to something about yourself?

Please add any additional information you would like to share?

You can check out more of Meredith’s work here – http://meredithstarr.com

 

The Artist Interview: In Reflection

In class on 9/20 we broke up into partners to conduct interviews with each other.

Each student was asked to generate 5-8 questions to ask a fellow artist partner about their current work. The answers were recorded by the interviewer and then given back to the interviewees.

The interviewees become aware of their spoken word when placed in a direct question interview format.

Please add your comments below to the following questions –

What was the most helpful aspect of the interview process?

What did you discover about your spoken reactions after reviewing them in a written format?

How did this exercise impact your writing after the experiment? Did you apply this to your midterm artist statement? Have you been developing your thesis structure via this experience?

Share any other related reactions from the experience here in the comments section below.

Remix Fairness, A Closer Look.

Remix Fairness, A Closer Look.

10/4/16

My friend and colleague Michael Branson Smith shared this great piece with our CT101 class this past week – Its very timely and speaks to artists of all kinds – “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. This is despite the fact he believes the law is on his side and so does his pro-bono counsel the EFF.”

Questions to address in the comments section below ::

  1. What did think about the presentation?

2. How has this presentation solidified or changed your point of view or awareness on the subject of remix and reuse culture?

3. How does this information effect the way you may or may not promote yourself as an artist on the web?

( Make sure that you read Andy’s blog post here as well -> writes <- )

A Thesis Writing Template & Guide

http://www.ryanseslow.com/how-to-write-your-mfa-thesis-in-fine-art-and-beyond/

Click the link above and read the essay. The essay will serve as a template and a series of exercises that we will perform in class over the duration of the semester.

Feel free to react and respond to the essay in the comments section below. What did you find useful? Did anything stand out? Please explain.

 

Artist Interviews :: Today’s Top Contemporary Artists?

Artist Interviews :: Today’s Top Contemporary Artists?

The interviews that will be viewed and discussed in class on 9/20/16

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]

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

Damien Hirsthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jQ6isqr2OY

Jeff Koonshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZWwqlcA50w

Marina Ambramovic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eugnrk8Nfi0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjDzQ_86wIw

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-gmHA7KbcU

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