Image, Object and Meaning: Hybrid Studio Practices
This studio course is structured through “case studies” in which artworks of similar
and disparate media will be presented, and their structures and consequent meanings
will be addressed. For example, the works of abstract painters Jackson Pollock and Robert Ryman have radically different interpretations and meanings. The course begins with the far-reaching influence of Marcel Duchamp, and then focuses on work from the 1970s to the present. Topics include: painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video, as well as hybrids (Paul Kos’s video projections on paintings, Joseph Beuys’s performances generating objects and installations). We will examine the influence of seminal composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage and La Monte Young on visual artists (Nam June Paik and Yoko Ono, among others), as well as the influence of texts and musical scores on artists such as Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, David Salle and Christopher Wool. Students will submit weekly responses to the works discussed; these responses can take a variety of forms: visual (drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video, performance), text (written and/or read aloud), or a combination of these forms. There will also be assigned readings. Note: Open to students from all departments.