ARTS 310
Appearance/Disappearance Fall 2014
Division I
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Appearance and disappearance are conditions that intuitively and intellectually link a subject to its surrounding environment. We are made aware of things appearing (or disappearing) by the degrees and kinds of contrasts exhibited by the subject (ideas or objects) in relation to its ground (ephemeral or material). The particular array of relationships between subject and ground constructs diverse kinds of evidence. Intellectual inquiries have consistently determined, through different arguments and for different conclusions, the specificity and reliability of visible or invisible evidence. In any aggregate analysis, the sciences, art, philosophy, religion and social sciences have repeatedly encountered the significance of the subject as it appears or disappears. From medical research in the imaging processes of the internal body to the forensic cues offered by the “black box” in-flight recording; from the use of camouflage to the drone-recorded sightings of friend and foe; from the inability of an eating disorder patient to recognize a self image to the masquerades we willingly wear-appearance and disappearance have governed the evidences of our actions, beliefs and identities. This image-based studio examination of the subject will look at material that has been shaped by its link with our central theme. Each of five studio projects will successively build a cumulative view of how appearance and/or disappearance might shift a viewer’s ability to render any point of view. While work in a variety of media will be encouraged, most of the studio exercises will be two-dimensional or low-relief in their final presentation.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1100
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: the work of the term will be evaluated on the basis of the technical and conceptual strengths of the portfolio, the weekly paired-student format and full class studio discussions, and regular written analysis of work produced during this term
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: any one of the following: ARTS 230, 241, 242, 257, 263, or 264
Enrollment Preferences: Studio Art majors who have completed in previous semesters the larger number of the prerequisites
Materials/Lab Fee: lab fee TBD and automatically applied to student's term bill
Distributions: Division I

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