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.”
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.
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*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?