“I wanted to create a piece that explored the use of lines and words in a simple way to ask a complicated question. Asking this in a place like Times Square helps the question grow.”
London-born New York-based artist Shantell Martin on her Lines of Mars work for the Times Square Arts Midnight Moment project
“Language is not innocent. Language is a reflection of geopolitical reality. Therefore, as the United States rules the continents, it is very obvious that, through language, they also dominate the name of the continents. That political, cultural, and social control is reflected in language.”
Chilean-born New York-based artist Alfredo Jaar interviewed by RISD GD MFA alum Tatiana Gómez in “‘I Will Not Act in the World Before Understanding the World’: A Conversation with Alfredo Jaar,” v.1, RISD, 2018
Project 1 Stasis & Flux
This is the first of three main semester modules: working with a subject you care about, you will start already in class on the first day by developing a collection static typographic compositions. We’ll progress into a variety of size and shape formats, before evolving the static compositions into looping animations, before finally building them up into a 150-second piece at urban scale.
The spirit of this first project is quick, unconstrained rapid experimentation and development. It will all be relatively quick: three weeks total, to give you a foundation of print, digital, and motion before moving onto the last two longer and more substatial projects of the semester.
Work from approx. 3:45pm until 5pm.
As you work, I’ll meet with each of you one-on-one for some quick intro meetings, then we’ll then regroup right on 5pm, where you will all submit notes or quotes or PDFs or PNGs or JPEGs or sketches or photos to our collective class Miro board for us all to briefly share, discuss, and comment on before you head off for the week.
Compositions in Flux