Chromophilia: Explorations in Color (PAI2111.01)

Ann Pibal

Chromophilia, a term coined by contemporary artist David Batchelor, refers to intense passion and love for color. What is it about color that has the power to induce reverie, and conversely to manipulate, or disgust? What is the role of color in painting? How does color work? How do we understand and respond to color from phenomenological, poetic, philosophical, and societal vantage points? How as artists can we become the master of our passionately-loved and yet ever-shifting chroma?

In this class, we look carefully at and discuss the work of many artists, primarily painters, and the implications of color in their images. Wide-ranging readings from literature, philosophy, and cultural criticism, serve as a base for discussion and artistic response.

Visual work for the first weeks of class consists of intensive color problems using cut paper; in subsequent weeks, students solve problems presented in class using painting, or any other color-abled media.

Reading and written responses are assigned weekly. Class time is primarily used for discussion of texts, critique of visual work, and student presentations of research. Assignments are given throughout, however, it is the objective of this class to provide the skills necessary for the student to confidently pursue self-designed projects. A high degree of motivation is expected.

Note: For Fall term 2020, Chromophilia will serve both as a 2000 level, introductory level painting course, and will satisfy the pre-requisite for continued work in painting. Alternately, students who have already completed 2000 level work in painting or other areas of visual arts, can elect to enroll in this course at the 4000 level. Students who wish to begin work in painting at Bennington are encouraged to apply, as are students who have already had Form and Process: Introduction to Painting, at Bennington.

Prerequisites: For 2000 level enrollment -- none. For 4000 level enrollment -- Permission of Instructor: Students should send an email to the instructor with Chromophilia as the subject line. The message should outline the students experience in VA, previous painting courses at Bennington, interest in the course, and how it fits into their Plan of study. Priority will be given to students doing ongoing work in painting, although all visual arts studio experience at Bennington will be considered.
Corequisites: VALS
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM-5:20PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Drawing , Painting , Visual Arts (VA)
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