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Re: John Biggers

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Jun 03 2003 - 05:29:18 PDT


I would be interested to hear about any art projects people have done in
association with the phenomenal and inimitable work of JOHN
BIGGERS!!!!!!! I took kids to see his retrospective at the MFA in
Houston when it was here, and Texas Southern University to see his big
murals.....his students' murals line the hallway walls. There are
probably 3 or 4 Biggers murals there. There is another one and
University of Houston's Downtown campus. His works leave me almost
breathless. There are so many layers to his work, so much symbolism.
To try to do anything else as a follow up art project to him seems about
as daunting as any artist I can think of. His work just overwhelms me
and seems to be all I need or want when I view it. In the years since
the retrospective and our trip to TSU, I have definitely undertaught
Biggers, as I am in such awe of him, it's really bizarre. It's like, if
you can't see the real thing, well....er...you just can't possibly
understand the total grandeur of it. These murals are huge! On a
computer or in a slide show you can enjoy the pattern, symbolsim,
interpret for meaning, but I'm always sad we're not in front of one,
lol. I guess if I was teaching murals and just happened to have some of
his works among others, I could justify a follow up mural project, but
to show Biggers all by himself and then expect kids to go make art in
the style of John Biggers is to me laughable! Am I just obsessed with
this man's art? IS this a personal thing, or do I need therapy, lol?
It's so spiritual and so deep. To view his work is akin to meditation,
It's definitely art to be savored. I think I just talked myself into
another field trip to TSU! What an amazing experience.

Linda

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