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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!


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.


“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.



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.

Dealing with Internet Art

11/13 – *Bring your laptop to class (if possible)

The Digital platforms. NEWHIVE, TO.BE , Rhizome & CODE- The evolution of manual to digital. Where do you fit in? Do you? A series of in class exercises with digital publishing platforms. Understanding how to write about electronic art.

Resources for Investigation:

1. Rhizome – Net Art Anthology Exhibition – https://anthology.rhizome.org/

2. A Brief History of Animated GIF Art – Parts 1-4 by Paddy Johnson :

Part 1 – https://news.artnet.com/art-world/a-brief-history-of-animated-gif-art-part-one-69060
Part 2 – 
Part 3 – 
Part 4 – 

3. Popular Mechanics – Long Live the GIF – http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a21457/the-gif-is-dead-long-live-the-gif/

4. The New World of Net Art, 2013 for Art News – http://www.artnews.com/2013/06/12/the-new-world-of-net-art/

5. The History of the GIF – via Giphy – https://historyofthegif.com/#/timeline/0

6. Tech-Crunch – 30 Years of the GIF – https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/27/30-years-of-the-gif/

7. Net-Art.org – Website – https://www.net-art.org/

8. ArtNet – 7 Masterpieces of Social Media Art – https://news.artnet.com/art-world/best-social-media-art-1182398

9. Are Memes the Pop Culture Art of our Era? Kate Knibbs – https://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/when-does-a-meme-become-art/

10. Can Memes be Art? Huff Post – https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/are-internet-memes-a-form_n_1432076.html

11. UBU WEB – Film & Video Art Archive -(Explore and Explore some more!)  http://www.ubu.com/film


Week of 10/30 — Class Collaborations from NY–>Sao Paolo


Outside of Class Reading – Please read Jerry Saltz’s recent critique on the Art World of 2018 – http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/how-does-the-art-world-live-with-itself.html

We will discuss the article in class  – feel free to respond in the comments section below.

10/30 – Class –

Part 1 – Class Photoshoot – Nicole has generously volunteered to photograph the class for our collaboration in the F.I.LE Festival Submission in Sao Paolo. Lets tighten up our statement for the submission form.

Part 2  – Class collaboration project #1  – Studio work session. Students will bring materials to start, complete and present their group projects 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? 

What are the benefits of artistic collaboration in relationship to creative immediacy?

Results will be recorded and published on this website the following week.

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


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/


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.

Mary Pigliacelli

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


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)