I LOVE the idea of having students identify works of art that they
"hate" and then working with them on those pieces. To me it's a
conversation between the work as it appears on paper and in the
gallery, the student, the docent, and the artist. Fortunately, we
sometimes have the artist in person. What he or she often discovers
is that their intention at the moment of creation wasn't clear to them
and that it often changes and moves in relationship to the audience.
The artist does not stagnate in relationship to the work in other words.
Last Thursday, I saw the Charles Ray exhibit at MOCA in L.A. I had
all sorts of mixed feeling about it. Mostly disturbed and negative.
But imagine my surprise when I sat down and penciled out a
concept/project that was definitely inspired by the very pieces in the
exhibit that I "hated" the most!
So, how about having the students do an art project in response to a
piece that they "hate."
"We are each of us angels with one wing. And we can only fly by embracing each other."
Luciano de Crescenzo
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