The Diploma Program juniors at Roberto Clemente Community Academy are currently learning about conceptual art and “process vs. product.” The Wildcats are being challenged to consider creating artwork for the process and not focusing solely on the final product.
They viewed and discussed the TEDTalk “Embrace the Shake” where Phil Hansen discusses his limitations. Hansen challenges himself by limiting his resources and creating artwork focused on the process. His GoodBye Art series consists of multiple art projects where he documents his process and in the end has nothing to show for it. This included creating chalk art, creating a portrait by spitting out food, or utilizing frozen wine to create a portrait. The students also learned about artists Jasper Johns and Kara Walker and their use of collage. Both artists utilize collages in their artworks to depict specific issues.
Students are currently in the process of selecting an issue that they are passionate about to research. They will then use their research to find ways to create a collage art piece which must be focused on the process aspect. The Wildcats will need to analyze Hansen, Walker and Johns’ styles and then use their work as inspiration for their original artworks. The Wildcats are to create a piece that is meaningful and utilizes materials that are relevant to their issue. They are also to consider their materials, determine whether their collages will be objective or nonobjective, and make sure to document their process. They will learn about layering, mixed media, and composition in collages. Students in the DP Cohort are both anxious and excited to begin this new project. They will begin their journey of creating and documenting their art next week!
Images in order: Phil Hansen spitting out food to create his portrait of Britney Spears, for his Goodbye Art series;Jasper Johns, Flag 1954-1955; Kara Walker, Untitled 1994