Disparate juxtapositions – precarious equilibrium of disparate elements.
Over the past 2 days I have attempted to set you up for our next investigation. I’ve reminded you that my favorite question in the universe is what is art and who decides? This question is really good for starting arguments (right up there with politics and religion). Philosophic blood has been shed from the cafes of Paris to the Cedar Bar in NYC to the classrooms of Wissahickon HS.
I talked you through a nickel tour of some historical highlights of recent art history representing shifts and challenges to standing “laws of art”. I reminded you of these avant-garde moments that we take for granted that were cataclysmic breeches of protocol at their time. I took you up to the combined proclamation of Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol that everything is art and everybody is an artist.
So, my challenge to you is to discover, intervene and construct 15 occurrences of art, which will be presented electronically on your WordPress sites.
You are to have a minimum of 15 pieces, five from each category below.
Discover: Identify some existing occurrence/visual relationship in your environment to photograph. Then open in Photoshop to crop, re-size and post on the Art Work page of your WordPress site.
Intervene: Take discarded ephemera that has printed text/images such as labels, tickets, receipts, boxes, packaging, maps, instructions, portions of game boards, etc. and perform a non-representational palimpsestic intervention with paint and/or ink. Scan the pieces then open in Photoshop to crop, re-size and post on the Art Work page of your WordPress site.
Construct: Gather relatively flat scraps of materials such as corrugated cardboard, wood, metal, cloth, etc. and assemble into a composition. Do not embellish. Photograph the pieces then open in Photoshop to crop, re-size and post on the Art Work page of your WordPress site. Be prepared to verbally connect each of your 5 constructions to a genre of music such as blues, classical, hip hop, rock, gospel, jazz, etc.
Size and editing requirements: Once you have your work in Photoshop you are to crop it the way you wish and re-size the image to a resolution of 100 and make the longest dimension 8 inches. Everything you need to do will be found under the Image drop down menu at the top. Compare your images under Auto Levels, Auto Contrast and Auto Color to decide which one to save as your final image. Do not trick anything out with filters.
Vocabulary I used and explained:
- Academy: the French Académie whose theories dominated art until the 20th century. Everything was neatly ordered, very serious and justifiable. The academy valued tradition, technique and hierarchies. There was a hierarchy of artistic subjects. History painting was at the top followed by religion, portraits, landscape, scenes from life or genre, animals and still life.
- Biedermeier Aesthetic: Connotes ridicule. A “Biedermeier” is one who is drawn to art that “looks like what it is” and is easy to think of as technically “good”.
- Avant-garde: Being regarded as ahead of one’s time. The “advance guard”. Or, as Alan described – cannon fodder…
- Collage: From the French verb meaning “to glue”. To collage is to attach papers or objects to a two-dimensional surface.
- Assemblage: The three-dimensional counterpart to collage. Assemblage involves the transformation of non-art objects and materials into sculpture through constructing techniques such as gluing, welding, lashing, nailing etc.
- Cubism: (1908 –1918) Movement that broke away from conventional perspective and representation opening the way for modern abstract art. It placed emphasis on geometrical shapes and structure as opposed to traditional representation.
- Palimpsestic: A manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain. Figurative: something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.
- Ready-mades: Adding a title to an unaltered, mass-produced object or combination of objects to present as “high art”. Marcel Duchamp was the key proponent.
- Non-objective painting: Nonrepresentational art. It doesn’t have any recognizable image. It is based on color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale and process.
- Intervention: An interaction with a previous existing artwork, action, space, etc.
- Parataxis: phrases/clauses arranged independently rather than subordinately.
Some artists I referred to: