Week 10 Course Update: Tools, Phalluses and Long Time

I know, I know. I’m late posting this week and you’ve all been sitting anxiously at your computers waiting for my exciting update. Well, the wait is over, but it’s another brief one this week:

Week 10. Into double digits!

In Digital Imaging this week, we looked at the tools in Photoshop: clone, heal, patch, burn, dodge, sponge. From here on out, most of class will be working on our final projects. We have to use the things we’ve learned so far (masks, layers, blending tools…) and produce 8-10 prints.

and then?

Criticism & Theory this week was all about psychobiographies in art criticism. Freud, Lacan, phalluses…an MFA is an education and therapy rolled into one! Does it get more fun than that???

Readings: Donald Kuspit, “Author’s Comments on The Cult of the Avant-garde Artist.” Art Criticism 11 (1996): pp. 90-100.

This reading we didn’t discuss last week: Laura Mulvey’s well-known essay, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema

We didn’t read this essay for class, but were given a link to it and anyway, a Lacanian analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is pretty cool.

Next week one of the thing we’ll be discussing is this essay about Eminem, Sylvia Plath and mommy and daddy issues.

and then?

Lighting this week was a very quick class. We checked out our light painting photos from last week, talked a little about night photography which is what we have to do for next week – take some night photos.

and then?

Critique was fun this week. It seems like people (myself included) are figuring out week by week what really interests us and how we really like to work and what we’re really interested in. It’s a very different experience for me to be photographing in school where I don’t have to consider anybody else’s opinion and where I am totally free to experiment and fail than it is to be shooting on a job.

and then?

Past Tense, Present Tense rounded out the week with two student presentations. One focused on long exposures in photography and the other gave a little presentation about portraiture. Click on the photos below to see more:

Alexey Titarenko
Alexey Titarenko
Atta Kim
Atta Kim
Jehad Nga
Jehad Nga
Young Woman with a Water Pitcher. ca 1662 Johannes Vermeer
Young Woman with a Water Pitcher. ca 1662 Johannes Vermeer
Allen Frame
Allen Frame
Gregory Crewdson
Gregory Crewdson
Hellen Van Meene
Hellen Van Meene

and then?

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2 Responses to Week 10 Course Update: Tools, Phalluses and Long Time

  1. james says:

    i’m quite curious- so far it’s sounds like the course has been quite full on (photos to do, experimenting etc etc) which seems a lot different from the university i just graduated from (in that the only contact was when booked and critical theory and crits once a week)

    is it right to say that SVA offers quite a close parental relationship? or am i getting the wrong impression. I say this because I haven’t heard much about the work you’ve been making and projects you’ve been working on- I assume the majority of your time is going towards that?

    either way, i think it sounds like somewhere i want to be.

    • Hey James,
      I wouldn’t say it’s a parental relationship. Well, maybe it is. There are rules to keep things running smoothly and there is mandatory attendance for whatever you are enrolled in, but within that framework, the relationships between students are what’s important. I haven’t talked much about my work as I don’t think that will really reveals much about the program. If you go to the SVA alumniSVA alumni website you can see students that have graduated from the program. I would say that if you just graduated from college and you studied photography, why rush to go right back to school? Personally, I think it’s much more beneficial to go out in the world for a few years, make photographs and then decide whether or not to get an MFA.
      Some students are focusing on the technical and studio classed, some are really into theory and history, all of us have critiques for which we have to produce work.

      thanks!
      jp

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