Intermediate and advanced students work on individual projects developed through their own self guided interests. Student’s conceptual focus will be encouraged and enhanced through weekly readings, class discussion, contemporary art lectures, and critiques. Emphasis is on the development of sculptural aesthetics, aesthetic language and appropriate technology.
Course Requirements & OUTCOMES
3 credit course load entails 6 in-class hours and 6 studio production hours outside of class. Students are expected to complete 3 sculptures, 1 assignment and 1 artist statement, and participate in class. Each student will receive three individual studio visits throughout semester. Please come prepared with sketches, tools and materials ready to work. For final assessment, students must send jpeg documentation of all assigned projects in a zip file (2014_3000_last name) send by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will gain an understanding of sculptural discourse and art history through readings and lecture presentations. Student comprehension is assessed through their use of aesthetic language and ability to incorporate theory and art history in class discussions and group critiques.
Students will learn formal principles of sculpture. Aesthetic understanding is assessed through work that show formal consideration, material and conceptual unity, and spatial relationships. Conceptual understanding of artistic strategies is assessed through student’s consideration of linguistics, cultural signification and context.
Students will gain public speaking skills and will be assessed through class critiques, class presentations and artist statements.
CLASS 1: INTRODUCTION to intermediate sculpture
Presentation of syllabus and course requirements. Class reading, discussion on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Group drawing exercise mapping the cave.
CLASS 2: false consciousness
Reading due on Louis Althusser’s Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses. Class discussion on what is a subject, how a subject is interpellated and ideology is structured in society. Artists work presentation on ideology critique.
CLASS 3: on perversion & pop
Film screening of Slavoj Zizek’s Pervert’s Guide to Ideology. Class discussion on the real, imaginary and the symbolic. Artist work presentation on symbolic crisis.
CLASS 4: death of a subject
Readings due on Fredric Jameson’s essay, “Postmodernism and Consumer Society” from Anti-Aesthetic, 1983. Class discussion on pastiche and schizophrenia. Artist work presentation on original, copy and the multiple.
CLASS 5: first group critique
Discussion on four aspects of critique.
CLASS 6: historical present
Reading due on Susan Buck Morss’ Mythic History: Fetish. Class discussion Benjamin’s concept of Ur-forms and the difference between myth and history. Introduction to the Historical Present lecture presentation assignment: students will give a 10min lecture presentation diagnosing the historical present using art, social forms of engagements and visual evidence to support the framing/reification of human experience.
CLASS 7: Student presentations due
AM & PM BASESPACE: 6 studies and models due for critique. Course progress reports due.
CLASS 8: Student presentations due
AM Slide lecture on the body structured by space and body structuring spaces. Assignment: students will explore project concept through performance, using their own body to create a direct experience on-site.
PM Work due for presentation.
CLASS 9: MID-SEMESTER GROUP CRITIQUES
CLASS 10: ON KNOWLEDGE AND PAIN
Readings due for class discussion on Roland Barthes’ essay, “Studium and Punctum” from Camera Lucida. Artist work presentation on research, art as document, and field study projects.
CLASS 11: experience of the here and now
Readings due for class discussion on Rosalind Krauss’ Notes on the Index. Artist work presentation on trace and evidence.
CLASS 12: the souvenir
Readings due for class discussion on Susan Stewart’s essay, The Souvenir and the Collection. Artist work presentation on artifacts and archives.
CLASS 13: on representation & the real
Reading due for class discussion: Hal Foster’s essay, Return of the Real. Artists work presentation on literal materialism. Writing workshop on artist statements.
CLASS 14: final group critique
Students will present their artist statement before class critique. NOTE: please bring in your computer for an in-class evaluation of the course.