Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Field Trip #4: Lower East Side Galleries

DUE: 11/06

The Lower East Side (LES) is one of the most quickly-expanding gallery districts in New York, stretching from Canal St. to E. Houston, and from Centre St. to Clinton St. Like the galleries we visited in Chelsea, these are commercial spaces. Unlike the established artists in Chelsea, however, the LES galleries tend to feature work by emerging artists. These artists are often younger and more experimental than their Chelsea counterparts. Because the artists' names are less recognizable, their work tends to be more affordable than what is found in Chelsea. All of these factors create a unique energy that sets the LES galleries apart.

For this writing, compare your impressions of the Lower East Side galleries to those in Chelsea. Identify three separate galleries, and consider the following questions: Do they seem to show a different kind of work than the galleries in Chelsea? Do you think that they cater to the same type of collectors? Do the spaces themselves resemble the "White Cube" spaces in Chelsea? Does the surrounding area of the LES affect how you view the work in these galleries? Did the area of Chelsea affect how you viewed the work there?
Your writing should be at least 350 words and posted to your blog under the heading “LES Galleries Reaction” with the label “Field Trip 4”. Make sure to cite the three galleries within the body of your writing.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Project #4: Culinary Design Blog

Due: 11/13

For your fourth project you will take-on the role of culinary designers! Whether you consider yourself a true foodie, or your meals are just a means to survival, food is a topic that is central to our daily lives. There is a long history of fine artists who have worked with the subject of food in their own work. Review the blog “Food Art (A Brief History)” to whet your appetites:

For this project you will use Blogger to contribute to a community recipe book. You will be made an author on the site . This means that you have permission to post directly to the site.

To begin, pick a recipe that you feel defines your culinary life. This may be a family recipe that has been passed down through the generations, it may be a selection from your favorite cookbook, or it may be a recipe that you invented yourself. Write a paragraph describing the recipe & how it relates to you. You may discuss the occasions that you have used this recipe (holidays, entertaining guests, Monday’s lunch, etc…), as well as potential food or beverage pairings that you would suggest. If you have chosen a recipe from a cookbook, you must still come up with your own description…do not copy one from the book. Along with the descriptive paragraph, you will also include an ingredients list and cooking instructions. These need to be clear, concise and easy to follow.

The next step is to prepare and document your recipe. What fun is a recipe if it doesn’t get made? This is when you will need your digital camera handy. As you prepare the dish, I want you to take a series of 4-5 photographs. The first 3-4 should document the cooking process (what you consider crucial moments in the recipe), and the final image should be a documentation of the finished dish. You can either take the photos yourself, as you prepare the food, or you may ask someone else to help. Try to make an appealing presentation for your final image. As the designer, you don’t want to just document the dish…you want to make it look good! Things to consider: Where is the best light in your home for the image? Should you present it on certain dishware or with certain place settings? Should you use any garnish or table props?

If you do not have access to a good quality digital camera, you may take your images with a film camera, and have the photo-lab make you a digital image cd. You may also scan your printed photos on campus using a scanner in the library or in the B-333 lab. As with the written description, your images must be original.

Finally, name your blog with the name of your recipe, and add any labels that relate to your post (i.e. pasta, family recipe, Cuban cuisine, etc…) .

Layout Order: First, your written statement, next, the ingredients list and cooking instructions, then the 4-5 images. When you upload your images, set the image size to “medium.”

-camera (digital or otherwise)
-favorite recipes
-food for cooking
-access to our Blogger site,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Field Trip #3: “Design in Our Lives”; The Museum of Modern Art

DUE: 10/23

Whether or not we are aware of it, the design arts infiltrates our lives on a daily basis. Design influences everything around us from the products we use, to the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, to the spaces we inhabit. The Museum of Modern Art has a special interest in the field of design. They have an entire floor of their museum and a stand-alone design store to prove it!

For our third field trip, we will go to the various design exhibits at the MoMA. The design galleries feature an eclectic sampling of artists and designers who blur the lines between the two fields. Some of the objects are made for real world utility, and some of the objects are…well…less practical. The study of functionality in design is called Ergonomics. It may help to research this topic before writing your response.

For your paper, you must write about four different works from this exhibit. Two of the works must have “high functionality” and two works must have “low functionality.” Since there is no such thing as perfect design, your opinion about functionality will be somewhat subjective. In your writing, compare and contrast the varying degrees of utility that you assign to the works you choose. Consider the following questions: How do you define these categories? What do your “high functionality” objects have in common? What makes them so ergonomic? What do your “low functionality” objects have in common? How could you alter these objects to make them more ergonomic? Does an object need to be highly functional to be good design? Are art and design always two separate ideas? If not, where do they meet?

Your finished writing needs to be at least 350 words. It should have an introduction, three body paragraphs and a conclusion. Post the writing on your Blogger page under the title, “Design in Our Lives,” and label the post “Field Trip 3”.
At the end of your post, cite the four artworks that you chose in the following format. This information is generally available on the wall near the artwork:
Artist’s Full Name
“ Title of Work” written in quotations*
Year Completed
*When referencing the work in the body of your writing, also be sure to write the titles in quotations.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Project #3: Illustrate a Story

DUE: 10/16
For your third project, you will take on the role of an illustrator. An illustrator is a commercial artist who brings somebody else’s story or idea into the visual world. For this scenario, you have been hired by the non-profit organization StoryCorps to illustrate one of their archived stories. Since its founding in 2003, StoryCorps has worked with the Library of Congress to record and catalog more than 35,000 oral stories. The participants in this project are Americans from all walks of life. The stories that they tell run the gamut of human emotions and experience. To begin, start listening to some stories at the StoryCorps website: . Click “Listen to Stories” from the left-hand menu, and you can browse by category.
Select any one story to illustrate. Your illustration may be created by hand (drawing, collage, etc…) or you may create a digital collage using Adobe Photoshop. Either way, your illustration must convey the essential nature of the story. I expect a minimum of four hours invested in this project. As with your digital collage project, do not include text in your illustration. Instead, use your understanding of formal analysis to tell the story with visual language alone.
When you are finished, upload a digital image (.JPG) of your illustration to your blog under the title, “Illustrate a Story”, with the label “Project 3”. Include a brief description about what you found interesting about this particular story, and what elements of the story are represented in your illustration. You will also need to include a link to the original the original StoryCorps recording into your post. 
Remember that Adobe Photoshop is available to you on any Mac computers in the library or in the lab B-333. Scanners are available in both locations too.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Field Trip #2: Chelsea Galleries

DUE: 10/09

The galleries in Chelsea represent the art marketplace. Unlike the museums and other non-profit art spaces that we have visited, the majority of these galleries are commercial spaces. This means that their primary function is to make money. They do so by selling artwork. Galleries generally have a list of artists whose work they represent. The galleries regularly change their shows to display work by each of their represented artists. 
For this reaction, you will assume the role of an art collector. Collectors are part-art lovers, part-investors. Their big-money purchases help keep commercial galleries in business, and by proxy, help keep their favorite artists making work. However, the art market is a fickle beast…an artist whose work is fashionable today may be all but forgotten in ten years. This is why the best advice for any collector is to buy what you like. Even if your investment doesn’t make any returns, at least you have something that you like to look at!
For your writing, select exhibitions from two galleries: one artist whose work you would like to collect, and one artist whose work you would not like to collect. For each show, consider these questions: What do you like/dislike about this artist’s work? Why do you think that this artist’s work is/isn’t a good investment? Would you want to display the artwork, or keep it in storage?  Describe two examples of artwork from each exhibition to back-up your decisions. Also, make sure to reference the gallery names as well as the artists’ names in the body of your writing.
Your writing should be at least 350 words and posted to your blog under the heading “Chelsea Galleries Reaction” with the label “Field Trip 5”. At the end of your post, cite your four artworks in the following format:
Artist’ s Full Name
“ Title of Work” (written in quotations)
Year Completed
*At most galleries, this information is available at the reception desk.

There are literally hundreds of galleries to see in Chelsea, so here is a short list of galleries that I recommend. However, you are free to explore and find galleries on your own. A list of galleries and exhibitions in Chelsea can be perused online at:

Gallery: Hauser & Wirth
Location: 511 West 18th St. 
Artist(s) on Display: Matthew Day Jackson
Description: Dark collage-paintings that deal with issues of the body, mortality and the sublime. 
Gallery: David Zwirner Gallery
Location: 519 West 19th St. 
Artist(s) on Display: Raymond Pettibon
Description: Illustrative artist rooted in West Coast punk rock culture.
Gallery: David Zwirner Gallery
Location: 525 West 19th St.
Artist(s) on Display: Philip Lorca diCorcia
Description: Photographer who deals with issues of gender politics and sex trafficking.

Gallery: Anton Kearn Gallery
Location: 532 West 20th St.
Artist(s) on Display: Jonas Wood
Description: Wonky paintings of sports cards and other quirky subjects.

Gallery: Tanya Bonakdar
Location: 521 West 21st St.
Artist(s) on Display: Phil Collins
Description: Interactive installation of campers, and private listening booths with record collection.

Gallery: Paula Cooper Gallery
Location: 534 West 21st St.
Artist(s) on Display: Sol Lewitt
Description: Wall paintings and an architectural sculptor by one of the seminal American Minimalist artists. 

Gallery: Matthew Marks Gallery
Location(s): 522 West 22nd St. 
Artist(s) on Display: Anne Truitt
Description: Colorful but austere minimalist sculpture from the 70's.

Gallery: Kent Fine Art
Location: 210 11th Ave., 2nd Floor (Between 24th & 25th St.)
Artist(s) on Display: Pablo Helguera
Description: Pop-up Spanish language used bookstore created by a Mexican born Conceptual Artist. 
Gallery: Susan Inglett Gallery
Location: 522 West 24th St.
Artist(s) on Display: Allison Miller
Description: Playful, colorful abstract paintings. 

Gallery: Pace Gallery
Location: 534 West 25th St.
Artist(s) on Display: Zhang Huan
Description: Colorfully layered, psychedelic paintings based on Buddhist masks.

Gallery: Greene Naftali Gallery
Location: 508 West 26th St. 
Artist(s) on Display: Group Exhibition, "Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream"
Description: Cross-generational exhibition of West Coast artists. 
Gallery: Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Location: 534 West 26th St. 
Artist(s) on Display: William Pope L. 
Description: Provocative African American artist dealing with issues of race and media culture.