I really like this idea from DavidTMiller’s Art Classes blog for a collaborative exploration of the Formal Elements and Principles of design. I really appreciate the way in which Miller ties a material and formal exploration to a conceptual discussion about collaboration, authorship, and curation.
The following text is from the DavidTMiller’s Art Classes blog:
We began with a discussion about politics and the effects on art education. We questioned how certain decisions are made and implemented as laws affecting the mass population. I asked you to consider legal decisions as collaborative endeavors aimed at benefiting the general population. We began our own collaborative adventure in the Room BO5 studio.
Some guiding questions:
- How do various processes affect authorship in politics and art?
- How might a group begin a series of collaborative pieces of work in such a way as to insure equal collaboration?
- How do we determine when a work of art is complete/finished?
- How might the language of Formalism be used to critique non-objective abstraction?
- How might the concepts of Formalism be used to curate an exhibit of work?
- Recognize how collaborative decisions impact the individual, politics and art.
- Recodify notions about the artistic process of one person starting and completing a piece of work.
- Render new works by working on each others’ works anonymously and intuitively in a call and response method to the point where all pieces have transitioned from the process pool to the complete pool.
- Reconnect the language and concepts of Formalism to critique individual work and to curate an exhibition.
- Reflect on how collaborative decisions and processes impact the individual, politics and art. Contemplate the many participants in a collaboration who do not get their names considered as authors.
- Cut or tear paper into 10 approximately 9″ x 12″ pieces and sign one side.
- Begin a non-objective painting/drawing on each piece.
- Place pieces into a common location – the “process” pool.
- Embellish at least 10 pieces from the process pool.
- When pieces from the process pool appear complete/finished sign the back and place into the “finished” pool. NOTE: The artist cannot determine a piece to be finished if they were the last person to embellish it.
- Mr. Miller curated a one panel exhibit of 20 pieces to use as a basis for a discussion of Formal Elements and Principles of Design as a way to have a dialogue with the work and each other.
- Students each curate an exhibit of at least 20 pieces on a panel in the room and photograph the installation.
- Students post their photograph on their WordPress sites along with a typed rationale of approximately 250 words.