28 November 2011
42"x42" oil on canvas (WIP)
48"x48" oil on canvas (WIP)
the critique for these was generally positive. i felt slightly 'high' after. the terms 'hilarious', 'unapologetic' and 'mildly psychedelic' were used. i gave a convoluted statement about several 'over-arching themes' which might have been my content/concept. this probably sounded 'insane' to everyone present. my prof told me that it needed to be 'closer to me' and less about trying to tackle grand, general themes.
22 November 2011
still working on 'why' i paint what i paint re my last critique. i postponed starting this second one for a long time due to that problem.
seems like 'theoreticism.' a term from a reading my prof (jinny yu) gave my class called 'Resisting Blackmail' by Yve-Alain Bois. the obligation to be theoretical, to the point where it becomes almost more important than practice. in the reading he references Roland Barthes, saying that "one does not 'apply' a theory; that concepts must be forged from the objects of one's inquiry or imported according to that object's specific exigency; and that the main theoretical act is to define this object, not the other way around." (Bois, Yve-Alain. Painting as Model. MIT Press, 1990. pg xii)