Thursday, September 15, 2011

Due Tuesday, Sept. 20

On Tuesday, post the following to our class blog:

1. A seven-week schedule, detailing what you need to accomplish in each week in order to get your JAPR work together (if you're making work for the BFA show, tailor it to the weeks you have left). I'd recommend, in your schedule, planning it out so that you're done with the work by the end of week 6, so that you have time to install it in a relaxed way (or, if you start to run behind schedule, then you have a week's wiggle room built in). A sample schedule for someone creating a doumentary photo essay might look like:

Contact all photo subjects and schedule shooting for the next week

First round of shooting
Processing negatives

Printing smaller format prints
Ordering frames
Schedule any follow-up shooting necessary

Printing first 3 large-format prints
Follow-up shooting

Printing second 3 large format prints


Feel free to go into more detail than that. Just give an honest appraisal of what you need to do by when, and we'll check in on that on a weekly basis, to make sure you're staying on track. Of course, there's room for things to change as you dig deeper into your process, but it's good to have a "Plan A" before you start falling back on Plans C thru X.

2. Make a blog post, either on the class blog or your own blog (depending on your personal preference), about the show & reception this Thursday night. Have at least two paragraphs. It could be about a specific piece of work, it could be about something from the talk, pertaining to the alums' experience of making art after graduation. The subject (the Almuni Show) is set, but the approach is open.


  1. Last Thursday I attend the Alumni Exhibition “Fake Rocks, and Botox II”. At first glance it seems less impressive than I expected. after examining each individual piece, I concluded that the work was not unimpressive, but rather the size and scale were small and there were hardly any sculptural, or installation pieces. It was really interesting to me that most of the alumni work is 2D. It is probably because that type of work is easily stored and organized. I could only imagine the space issues a 3D artist runs into. It seemed as if the participants are working on more simple gestures, rather than the grand ones, that most BFA students exhibit for their shows.
    The talk was also very informative. It was interesting to see what they did after college. I was interested in the people who went to grad school and where that got them. It seemed that none of them could support themselves off of just their art. That was of course disappointing to hear. Basically what I took from that was that times are hard and artists need to be able to have other skills and maybe a job that is not related to art. I’m hoping for me tat doesn’t mean a 9-5 job, but most likely for a while. Another key point they talked about was finding an artistic niche within your town/city. It is important because those people can act like classmates and give critiques and bounce ideas off of each other. On a different note it’s really funny to find out that guy knits, it is funny that that is his material of choice. Another pointer they gave was to keep creating and create everyday

  2. I thought that the talk following Thursday’s Alumni Show was interesting. As Russell had brought up, the artists were almost all working in 2-D format. It’s sad that that seems to be the only way to work after graduation, unless you’re blessed with studio space. It was almost as if there was an “un-said” limitation on their art making. I now want to really take advantage of the space and equipment available to me while I’m in school.

    I have to admit that I also felt a little depressed after the show. It seems like finding where to go, and what to do after graduation was an issue. Even though that might have been the case, they were still making art. However, it seemed like they had to really adapt their art to their lifestyles, which is fine and dandy; until it starts to limit what you want to do, then it’s just sad. Lastly, I believe it was Ya'el who made it a point to get yourself out there and known. As she said, “nobody knows you’re out there unless you tell them.”