ARTS 228
The Art of Almost Nothing Fall 2017
Division I
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In this studio tutorial class, students will create studio art projects by using materials that are mainly not bought but found, repurposed, and/or overlooked and ubiquitous. In this time of extreme material production and consumption, with a great deal being thrown out and unrecoverable, how can we make intentional, creative meaning from what is around us? This class is concerned with impacts on the environment but also with how consumer culture has wielded profound influence in the current production of studio art. How can we engage with our major concerns–aesthetic, topical, critical–and use what is around us mindfully and creatively with desired impact? Some of the artists we will look at: William Pope L., Ana Mendieta, David Hammons, Tania Bruguera,and the Yes Men. This class is a hands-on studio class with weekly assignments.
The Class: Type: studio tutorial; studio class, 3 hours per week
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 1714
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: projects, assignments, class participation, attendance
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: one previous studio art class at Williams
Enrollment Preferences: first and second-year students
Materials/Lab Fee: TBD
Distributions: Division I

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