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Alter Ego/Future Selves

A reminder that we need 2 images from you by Thursday morning at 12:00am (Wednesday night) to the email address: One will be a picture of your Alter Ego and the other will be of your Future Self.  Please consider all the comments and suggestions your faculty made today regarding, lighting, color, scale, costume, position, etc! And also have fun with these! We will look at these in class on Thursday so make sure you have them in to us by midnight.

AND do some research into the artists we looked at today!


Cindy Sherman:

Here is a link to a great Art 21 video of Sherman talking about her process and characters



Jaimie Warren:

Here is a great Art 21 video of Jaimie talking about her work and collaborations – and some great clips of her totally wackadoo videos. And here is a link to her website.




Nikki S. Lee:

Here is a link to Nikki S. Lee’s gallery website where you can see more of her work and recent works.


Experimental Drawing inspo

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Killer start on phase 2 of your drawings! Here are some links to websites of artists who are engaged in an abstract practice. Please look through for ideas: how are they using line, texture, value and color to pull together a cohesive composition?

Check it:

Trudy Benson

Mark Bradford

Kristin Baker

Julie Mehretu

Amy Silman

Mitchell Wright

Charline von Heyl

Yevginiya Baras

There are so many more!



Nick Cave


If you enjoyed Nick Cave’s work today in the As Is documentary, then check out more of his work:

Here are some great Art 21 videos about his work and this is a link to his gallery, Jack Shainman, in NYC. His website is here and, finally, here is a link to an *amazing* show he just had at Mass MOCA.

Have lovely breaks!

Art 21 documentaries


Here is a link to the Art 21 videos we spoke about today in class. You are able to scroll through the artist index and it should take you to a link to their video and information about their artwork.

Here is a link to the New York Close Up series, some of which we sampled today. This series showcases younger artists living and working in New York City.

I recommend watching all of them! They are short, inspiring and give you a great window into different artists’ studios and studio practices.

(Artists we watched today – in order are: Louise Despont, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Diana Al-Hadid, Rashid Johnson, Kara Walker)


Experimental Drawing homework


Homework (due Monday, October 2nd):
1. Pick out 10 ways of drawing from the list of 20 below: write down the list and keep it for critique. 3 of your selections should focus on color.
2. Create a complete composition using the 10 ways of working and using forms and marks from the drawings created during class (repeated throughout the page). You may combine the techniques of drawing with each other. For example, you could draw with both hands using complementary colors. Or you can isolate them and draw one mark with complementary colors, and another mark/form by drawing with both hands. This drawing should be done with any materials you like on the stonehenge paper. Focus on mark-making and repetition.

3. Using the text you wrote about the object you brought to class (written on your first abstract object drawing) create a text drawing. The text should be used as source material the same way you are using the abstract drawings as source material for the large composition. You can use all of the words, some of the words, one of the words, etc. You may create this piece on any type/size of paper and in any medium.

4. The text drawing and stonehenge drawing should work as a dyptich. These will be hung on the wall together and should relate to one another.

Text artists to consider: Jenny Holzer, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner, Yoko Ono, Mel Bochner.

1. Color: monochromatic
2. Color: primary colors
3. Color: secondary colors
4. Color: analogous colors
5. Color: tertiary colors
6. Color: complimentary colors
7. Drawing with a time limit
8. Texture
7. Quality of line
8. Mark-making
9. Gesture
10. Negative space
11. Positive space
12. Contour drawing
13. Drawing with your non-dominant hand
14. Drawing with two hands at once
15. Collage
16. Drawing without thumbs
17. Drawing while 10 feet away from your paper
18. Value/Shading
19. Drawing while running in place
20. Drawing blind