Drawing As A Verb: Exploring Uncertainty (DRW2120.01)

J Blackwell
  1. Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.
  2. Rational judgements repeat rational judgements.
  3. Irrational judgements lead to new experience.
  4. Formal art is essentially rational.
  5. Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically.

-Sol LeWitt, “Sentences on Conceptual Art” 1969

Shying away from the static, resolved, or finished image, this course will explore drawing as a process of ongoing inquiry. It is intended to foster an experimental and experiential approach to making art, generally eschewing personal expression in favor of developing an open-minded approach. Students will engage with various techniques and processes to make drawings that document experience as well as create an image. Topics to be considered include: artistic intent, ambition, noise, happenings, failure, and chance. Class time is used for drawing, technical demonstrations, discussion and critique. Relevant artists include: Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Yvonne Rainer, Allan Kaprow, David Hammons, Milford Graves, and Yayoi Kusama.


Learning Outcomes:
Developing and maintaining a rigorous studio practice through regular assignments and independent work
Augmenting problem-solving and problem-finding skills
Investigating complicated ideas through open-ended conversation
Developing the capacity for solitude and fruitful self-reflection



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
Th 1:40PM - 5:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: Every Term

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