Week 4 “The Artist’s Studio”

Purpose:  Discussion on the role and purpose of the studio and how it relates to practice.

*Most popular activity which gets written about in evaluations and in research interviews!

Lesson Outcomes
  • Gain insight about art, the artist, and the contemporary art world and assess the mechanisms and practices of art’s role in society regarding political, sociological, and philosophical theories of art, culture, class distinction and cultural capital.
  • Establish appropriate conduct and find common communication skills to amalgamate disposition of an art practitioner to function in a professional-level ambiance.
  • Be able to dissect the structure of, and effectively construct materials that genuinely convey and articulate the place and purpose of one’s practice and its consequence in dialogue with the art world.
  • Be able to dissect the structure of, and effectively construct materials that genuinely convey and articulate the place and purpose of one’s practice and its consequence in dialogue with the art world.

Reading Discussion

Texts

  • Daniel Buren Function of the Studio in Museums by artists p.61-67
  • Rebecca Fortnum Creative Accounting: Not Knowing in Talking and Making from On Not Knowing: How Artists Think 70-87

Next week you will be visiting each other in your studio, how will you prepare?

Studio Discussion/Reading Questions:  (45 minutes)

  • How does Buren describe the work in the studio versus exhibition space?
  • How does an artist (yourself) reconcile the difference between the studio and exhibition?
  • How do the spaces change the work?
  • How will you prepare for your studio visit as an artist?
  • How will you prepare for your studio visit as the visitor/curator?
  • What are you anticipating about the visit?
  • What will your approach be as representative of an artist?
  • What will your approach be as representative of a visitor/curator?
  • Which role do you think you will like more?
  • What do you expect or hope to learn about your work from the discussion?
  • What do you think the main difference is between a studio and an exhibition or critique?
  • What is it to “not know” and what does it mean for the practice of art as research?
  • How does a studio space influence your own work process?

Display

Overview of Studio Visits & Art Events Analysis, and studio prep:

  • Things to consider as the visitor:
    How will you represent your purpose?  Come in with this understood! Will you ask questions?  What sort of questions?  (Bring them in if you need) Will you give feedback?  What sort of feedback?
  • Things to consider as the person being visited:
    How will you represent your practice?  Come in with this understood! How will you describe/explain your work? What is your tactic in handling conversation?  How open/closed will you be? What is your tactic going to be for tough critique?  Silence?  Wrong reading? Etc…
  • Art Events
    Types, purpose, who is the audience, how they differ or might make you ‘feel’

This activity continues for a second week, in which students visit each other in each others’ studios, enacting the visitor role twice (such as curator) and are visited twice, therefore enacting the role of artist.  The second class schedules the visits in a surprise assortment.

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