The Generative Self: Theory and Artistic Practice
Last Updated: 03/03/2010
Faculty Signature Required: Students are encouraged to submit electronic versions of their portfolios by or before March 3 via email to both Matt Hamon (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lisa Sweet (email@example.com). Otherwise, students should submit a portfolio of original artwork or a CD or slides of artwork to the faculty by the Academic Fair, March 3, 2010, for consideration. Portfolios received by the Academic Fair will be given priority. Portfolios will be reviewed until the program fills. For details about portfolio submission requirements, contact Lisa Sweet at (360) 867-6763 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major areas of study include visual art, art theory, digital media, photography and printmaking.
Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.
Traditional artistic practice has entailed the imprint of the artist's hand on materials - the stroke of a brush, the agitated line of pen and ink, or fingerprints in clay. All speak of the "original" and the physical, personal impact of the artist on her medium. Within this tradition, we think of works of art as one-of-a-kind, as relics holding the energy and aura of their creators. Postmodern technologies bring another sensibility to artistic works - distancing or mechanizing artistic practice, making reproductions possible, or undoing and transforming traditional notions of artistic skill through computer generated graphics. New media make it possible for photographers to invent images that in the past would have been viewed as real. The impact of generative images - images made by hand and moved through technologies as simple as a photocopier or as complex as Photoshop - change the way artists make art and the ways that viewers perceive it.
This program will investigate creative practices that make use of both handmade art and technological processes to generate new art. As we develop work in the studios, we'll also consider how perceptions of art are changing in the 21st century. What do we mean by original art? What is the impact of works that are readily accessible via the internet? How does translating handmade work through contemporary technologies enhance or change the content or context of the original? Conversely, can computer generated art be subsequently imbued with the aura of the artist's mark?
We will focus on themes of self-portraiture throughout the quarter. The "self" is bound by cultural norms, social constraints and peripheral influences. By examining the artist's self portrait throughout history, and incorporating themes of self portraiture in studio projects, students will focus on the potential of this genre. Students will be expected to synthesize historical references, contemporary theory and studio practice while exploring themes of self representation.
This program is designed for juniors and seniors with existing studio skills in drawing, painting, printmaking or photography. Half of the students' time will be focused on artistic practice; half will be a study of contemporary art theory.
Credits: 16 per quarter
Special Expenses: $20.00 for film supplies.
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in visual arts and art history.
Planning Units: Expressive Arts