art 120: issues and influences winter 2012
FINAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION
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Create a book or blog on contemporary art. Structure and edit together all your writings from the quarter to form a coherent material that informs others about issues in contemporary art. Make sure that both content and form are consistent, interesting, and have relevance.
Important! The final product is a reflection of everything that you learned about contemporary visual art this quarter.
Make sure it is
Choose your finished format:
1. Printed book / booklet: 10-15 pages of writing + 2-4 images/essay (artwork reproductions drawings, diagrams, illustrations, etc)
Submit: printed book in physical format by Monday, March 12, at noon, in collection box in front of 328J + a pdf of the print file in the dropbox by Sunday March 11, 11pm.
Printed book will be returned on Thursday, March 15th.
2. Online blog: equivalent of 10-15 pages of writing + 2-4 images/essay
Submit: link to blog + all content as a single PDF file to dropbox by Sunday March 11, 11pm. Test link.
TH March 15 8:30-10:20am classroom: SMI 304 PRESENTATIONS OF SELECTED BOOKS and BLOGS
Take advantage of the work that you’ve done already for your homework papers. Revise them for the purpose of the final assignment using the feedback received. Consult early with instructor and TA if you have any questions or concerns.
Create a unifying conceptual structure and visual format for your final assignment. There should be some kind of a trajectory and connection created among the diverse topics from your writing assignments.
Use only CONTEMPORARY artist whose work we’ve discussed in class, including lectures, readings (required and supplemental), guest speakers, site visits, and assigned online researches. No artists outside of these will be accepted. In some cases, we discussed non-contemporary artists in class. You may use these but only as historical reference and not as content. (in other words, if you may refer to the significance of M. Duchamp, but can’t use his work as an example, because he is not a contemporary artist.)
You may choose artwork by this artist even if that work was not discussed in class.
Consider how a viewer will see, understand, and interact with the artwork. Use your own experiences with engaging art from site visits.
Don’t just recycle ideas and topics in the way they were presented in class. CREATE NEW CONTENT.
Don’t settle for the obvious: Synthesize what you have learned throughout the quarter about contemporary art.
Don’t compromise the integrity of your project just because the image of the artwork is not available online. See "image resources" above.
Don’t expect this project to be done in an afternoon. Develop your concept and statement and discuss it with your peers, TA and instructor.
There are many interesting formats dealing with art history and criticism out there. Use them as inspiration for format and style. (See list of recommendations for books available on Library reserves.)
However, copying and borrowing ideas and/or text from existing published and online materials will be considered as plagiarism and will result in a rejection of your final project. Use your own ideas and words. This is the most important assignment, one in which you can synthesize and demonstrate all that you have learned about art.
Grading will be based on:
Coherence, format, and content of overall presentation, meaning:
The level of understanding of the concept/topic presented;
Analysis and synthesis of relevant ideas;
Research and considerations invested into writing;
Appropriateness of examples used;
Research and considerations invested into the selection of artist and artworks;
The extent the finished project reflects the development of your understanding and appreciating contemporary art;
Use of proper terminology wherever possible.
Formal qualities of finished assignment: layout, relationship of visuals and text, craftsmanship.
For examples on formats, see:
The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art, Penguin books, 1998 ISBN: 014025997X
Documentary comic books in the “For beginners” series by Writers and Readers Publishing, London New York.
Published collections of essays by art critics, such as Arthur Danto (e.g. Madonna of the Future) and Hal Foster (e.g. The Return of the Real)
Blogs: Another Bouncing Ball by Regina Hackett (http://www.artsjournal.com/anotherbb/); Artpia by John Perreault (http://www.artsjournal.com/artopia/);
Poorworm by Erin Shafkind (http://www.poorworm.com);
The Meaning in Art and other blogs by SOA alumnus, Lucas Spivey (http://www.lucasdeonspivey.blogspot.com/)
All artwork images you use in either formats must be accompanied by the following information:
date of execution,
a brief (max. 3 sentences) explanatory statement on the artwork.
- Internet (look for good image resolution: files larger than 30k and/or larger than 300 x 300 pixels) Websites by artists, museum collections and galleries are the best.
- Image Databases available from the UW Libraries: http://guides.lib.washington.edu/images
(go to ARTstor; first time users: you have to log in from campus)
- Printed formats: Research SOA library books and magazines for images. Use the SOA Computing Center to scan images from books into a digital format or simply photocopy the images you need.