Project 4


This project is largely self-directed and begins with a thoughtful consideration of each students self defining interests, inspirations, passions, activities and material interests beyond 2D Comp. Questions like “What do I love to do?” and “What is important to me?” may be starting points. Keep in mind that the final product should be completely abstract and non-representational.

An exploration of contemporary artists driven by similar passions and/or exploring similar interests, activities, materials, etc. should raise questions like “What kind of art do I love/hate?” and “What kind of art do I want to make?” and even “What is art?” This exploration should lead each student to an artist or multiple artists to look at for methodological direction.

Some artists to look at: El Anatsui, Damien HirstJen StarkTakashi MurakamiMichael LoderstedtLesley MutchlerJulie EvansAmy RossJason UrbanEva Wylie, Walead BeshtyYayoi KusamaLouise Bourgoise, Wayne Thiebaud, Glenn Ligon, Rosemarie Trockel, Barry McGeeTrenton Doyle Hancock, Chuck Close, Ellen Gallagher, Philip Guston, Peter Halley, David Hockney,  Jacob Lawrence, Kerry James Marshall,  Julie Mehretu, Beatriz Milhazes, Gerhard Richter, Chris Ofili, Shazia Sikander, Alexandria Smith, Fred Tomaselli, Gianna Commito, Marie Bukowski, Phillip Buntin, Arron Foster, Janice Lessman-Moss, Taryn McMahonBridget Riley, Elizabeth Murray, Sol Lewitt, Gustav Klimt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers, Al Held, Steven McCallum, Carrie Moyer, Trudy Benson, Arturo Herrara, Ellsworth Kelly, Jonathan Lasker, Frank Stella, Imran Qureshi, Hasan Elahi, Corrie Slawson, Aisha Khalid, Tom Denlinger, Laura Newman, Matthew Girson, Ambreen Butt, Jelena Berenc, Scott A Stack, Linn Meyers, Assaf Evron, Brian Grimson, Gunjan Kumar, Sarah Ahmed, James Jankowiak, Shaurya Kumar, Vibha Malhotra, Anila Quayyum Agha, Isabel Manalo, Jeremy Flick, Byron Kim

Find one contemporary exhibiting abstract artist that interests you. Your artist should be working primarily in 2D media. Please do not pick an illustrator, muralist/graffiti artist or a tattoo artist. Your artist should be exhibiting in art galleries and art museums. It can be an artist from the list above. Please share your artist’s name with me so we can avoid duplicates.
Research the artist and the work he/she have done in the past and where it is headed. Learn as much as you can through online research, library, art magazines and arrange this information into a five minute slide presentation. Your presentation cannot be longer than five minutes. Please rehearse before hand and have your notes handy so you don’t go off the point you are trying to make. Please do not discuss where and when the artist was born unless it relates to work directly. Talk precisely about the artwork. Five minutes go by very fast. I will give everyone 5 minutes afterwards for Q&A and for the next person to get ready. You will not be allowed to do anything when someone is giving a presentation. Come prepared so you don’t have to do anything else and you can just enjoy other people’s presentations. This way we can all learn in depth about multiple artists and share knowledge.
On the day of the presentation, you should also present a printout of your individual report. This report should accompany images of artist’s work.

Presentations are scheduled for November 27th.

11:15 – 11:20       Katherine Austin (Kerry James Marshall)
11:25 – 11:30       Brent Bell (???)
11:35 – 11:40       Preston Berry (Basquiat)
11:45 – 11:50       Neil Browder (???)
11:55 – 12:00       Mariah Candel (Grace Hartigan)
12:05 – 12:10       Madison Carpenter (Trenton Doyle Hancock)
12:15 – 12:20       Haley Howard (Beatriz Milhazes)
12:25 – 12:30       Ajdin Kulic (Yayoi Kusama)
12:35 – 12:40       Rachel Limbert (Katrin Fridriks)
12:45 – 12:50       Sarah Osvath (Julie Mehretu)
12:55 – 1:00         Madeline Rock (Helen Wells)
1:05 – 1:10           James Sankovich (Kazuo Shiraga)
1:15 – 1:20           Abbie Shaffer (Jenny Holzer)
1:25 – 1:30           Adam Walko (Larry Zox)


This will be an ongoing list of artworks that you like. Please make sure you add an image along with the label info and your own personal note for each image. You should have at least 10 artworks in your list but can put more. Please rank your top five artworks for further clarity.


Part 1 and 2 are designed to assist you towards this final project. Come up with your own conceptual non-representational art piece. In order to get you started, I will ask you to draw three prompts from a box. Pick at least two of these prompts and use them in your final piece. Your final artwork can be of any size and done in any 2D media (painting, collage or digital). You must speak with me about your idea before starting this part of the project.

Full project due: December 6th

Final critique will take place on December 6th and Tuesday December 12th 10:15-12:30.

Important: Do NOT miss the final critique days!


December 6th critique schedule:

Critiques will begin at 11:15am sharp so please install your work before that. See the critique order below.

Madeline Rock

December 12th critique schedule:

Critiques will begin at 10:30am sharp so please install your work before that. See the critique order below.

Madison Carpenter

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