ARTS 328
The Art of Almost Nothing Fall 2023
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: Format: tutorial; studio class, 3 hours per week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1410
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: projects, assignments, class participation, attendance
Prerequisites: Three studio art classes of any kind at Williams or previous studio experience with permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Any student who has taken at least three or more previous studio art classes at Williams
Materials/Lab Fee: Under $100. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Distributions: Division I

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