MATTER, SPACE, LIGHT, WRITE


There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
Leonard Cohen. “Anthem.” The Future, 1992. Vinyl.

Project Information

Date Assigned: Tuesday 21 February 2017.
Date Due: Thursday 30 March 2017.

Project Statement

Taking inspiration from artist Mel Kendrick works “Markers” and “Red Blocks” and his examination of the relationship between figure and ground by constructing space and object from a common material operation, this project will unfold through processes of BUILDING, WRITING, PROOFING, REBUILDING, and REWRITING.

BUILDING

Cut into a single common red cedar blank to create a construction of both the figure and ground (solid and void) to capture and hold specific light conditions. Assemble the pieces using glue alone with void over solid (opposite the Kendrick example). Prior to cutting use pigment on the exterior surface to facilitate reassembly. Photograph construction with specific light and background conditions. Post images to student course page on the wiki.

WRITING

Compose a reflective essay of 1,250 words analyzing the construction relative to the performance of light, shadow and fabrication. The essay should be descriptive of what is made and establish a context of historic examples (at least two) to situate the construction. Cite sources of examples in MLA format as footnotes. All writing for the course shall be formatted in 11 point Courier font, double spaced with 1” margins. Post PDF to student course page on the wiki.

PROOFING

Proofread and correct the reflective essay of another student's work using standard copy editing notation for printouts or within an annotated PDF. In addition, write a stand alone 250-word critique of the composition to offer productive feedback and review for future iterations. All writing for the course shall be formatted in 11 point Courier font, double-spaced with 1” margins. Post PDF to student course page on the wiki.

REBUILDING

Based the writing and proofing experience and feedback revisit the construction and rebuild another version of the iteration. Refine and develop craft, composition, and detailing relative to the performance of light. Post images to student course page on the wiki.

REWRITING

Based on the writing, proofing, and rebuilding experience and feedback revisit the reflective essay and write another version. Refine and develop craft, composition, and detailing to strengthen the clarity and force of voice in the essay. The essay should be descriptive of what is made and establish a context of historic examples (at least two) to situate the construction. Cite sources of examples in MLA format as footnotes. All writing for the course shall be formatted in 11 point Courier font, double spaced with 1” margins. Post PDF to student course page on the wiki.


Project Production Requirements (min)

  1. BUILD composite construction in physical form and printed photographs.
  2. WRITE essay printed.
  3. PROOF comments and critique printed.
  4. REBUILD composite construction in physical form and printed photographs.
  5. REWRITE essay printed.
  6. Process tests/sketches/studies — built and drawn.
  7. Organize all materials into 8.5" x 11" folio in provided format, printed and posted to the wiki.




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