|Subject of my paper, The Holy Virgin Mary by Chris Ofili|
It's been a while since I've posted on my Art School Adventure but no sense in holding back, right? So I finished Art Appreciation (redux). I pretty much enjoyed every minute and have added an "A" to my GPA. Jupiter campus (FAU) was a peaceful sanctuary compared to Boca and even the Monday and Wednesdays 8AM class time was quite doable in the end. The big challenge was writing the research papers. Yes, I can write but writing to formula ie MLA was new to me. The paper was to be about controversial art and I must say the biggest challenge was just picking the topic! In the end my choice was not so original but it was one that intrigued me and there was a ginormous wealth of material about it. I wrote about Chris Ofili and his Holy Virgin Mary which almost got The Brooklyn Museum closed by Mayor Giuliani about 16 years ago. It included elephant dung, pornographic clippings and a black Madonna. That's all you need to incite a riot, I suppose.
This semester I find myself in 3D Design. I certainly had no idea what to expect. That could mean anything! Turns out it has a lot to do with wood shop. Day 1 was a whirlwind tour of power tools led by sculpture Professor Mark Oliver (not my instructor). Ummm that was a little scary. Even though I know nothing at least I can say I've been in close proximity to power tools for a long time at work. I learned what it means to "knoll" watching this (sort of) interesting video called 10 Bullets by Tom Sachs which doesn't even remotely resemble anything I've seen in the shop at work!
Check out this video clip from 10 Bullets. It's the part about knolling. Thankfully assignment number one did not involve wood but it was still a challenge. We were instructed to make a household item to scale, at least 5X bigger or smaller than actual size. We could use anything BUT wood, weren't allowed to use paint and the final result should be art! Again, selecting the subject was my biggest hurdle. I finally settled on the kitchen sink. I am a kitchen designer, after all, the kitchen is the heart of the home and the sink, I believe, is the heart of the kitchen. Taking it further (because that's what I love to do,over think), it's traditionally a woman's domain. I thought it would be cool to take one of my art collages featuring a quintessential 1950s woman and stick her under the sink! Voila', art! She's yearning to escape and I've certainly left the doors open for her. Lastly we had to photograph our piece in the appropriate setting for "documentation" purposes.