Project 4

Overview of Project 4/ CONCEPT:

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.

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.

Artist to Look at (this list is a compilation of artists recommended to individual students in 2D Comp SP14): Nick CaveDamien HirstJen StarkTakashi MurakamiHiroshi ItoEmmanuel LacosteMichael LoderstedtLesley MutchlerJulie EvansAmy RossJason UrbanEva WylieStan DouglasWalead BeshtyYayoi KusamaLouise BourgoiseRon Mueck, Wayne ThiebaudRaymond Pettibon, Glenn Ligon, Kehinde Wiley, Rosemarie Trockel, Elizabeth Peyton, Barry McGeeTrenton Doyle HancockYinka ShonibareEl AnatsuiTara Donovan


Find one contemporary exhibiting 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. 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 anything else and you can just enjoy other people’s presentations.
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 April 20th.

Here is the schedule:

Garrett Ambrose  – 2:25 – 2:30Emily Brougher. – 2:35 – 2:40

Raegan Butler – 2:45 – 2:50

Serena Fantozzi – 2:55 – 3:00

Madelyn Fritz (Maddy)  – 3:05 – 3:10

Joseph Grajzl – 3:15 – 3:20

Yoav Israeli – 3:25 – 3:30

Kathleen Jackson – 3:35 – 3:40

Nicole Johnson – 3:45 – 3:50

Elizabeth Jones (Liz) – 3:55 – 4:00

David Mummey – 4:05 – 4:10

Gordon Stewart – 4:15 – 4:20

Allison Sweet – 4:25 – 4:30

Kiersley Talbot – 4:35 – 4:40

While you are researching for part 1, you might come across artworks that might fit in part 2 of this project. You can work simultaneously.


Create a list of artworks you ‘like’ and artworks you ‘dislike’. Explain why you like it and include images. Same for works you do not like. There is no limit as to how many artworks you should include. Look at as many contemporary artists as possible in magazines/ online/ library to understand what kind of work you are attracted to and why.
From that list of many artists, pick at least five favorite artists that you relate to. Post all of this on your blog as we go along. Feel free to add/edit as we move forward in the class.


Part 1 and 2 are designed to assist you towards this final project. Come up with your own conceptual art piece. It 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.

You must have your final piece done by May 12th for the final mandatory critique. (12:45-3pm)



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