This Introductory Open Studio course is about researching and developing new genres, multiple combinations and various multidisciplinary hybrids of art making into interdisciplinary art practices which convey contemporary thematic/metaphorical content. Methods of art practices may include options of integrating: installation, digital reproduction and time based work (blurring the boundaries between performance, video, sound, animation, book works) as components for each project.

Many of the student work examples presented below may not represent all the objectives for the Open Studio course but instead offer some initial ideas in combining various disciplines.

Often a single example of work presented on this blog may not demonstrate all the required objectives for a particular assignment. Instead students should collectively consider: the required objectives for each assignment, the examples presented on this blog and during in class presentations. As well ideas discovered through a student's independent research in combination with examples and various ideas presented by instructor will ultimately be the best approach for synthesizing ideas and reaching the requirements (and unique outcome) for any particular course project.

Portable Thematic Wall to Thematic Floor Assignment

-  Introducing Themes in Interdisciplinary Work with Formal Investigations of non traditional materials and methods

Assignment Description:
Students will develop a thematic work that will physically encompass the wall and floor and will visually connect/transition between wall and floor areas. Potential hybrid choices of mediums and processes could include bookworks, video, sculpture, drawings, painting, prints, photographs and non-traditional art materials. Using a variety of portable and modular hard and soft materials students will be required to explore and research a thematic work in relation to materials, colour, line, shape, and composition. Consider this assignment to be a combined and expanded versions of assemblage art and not literal (non-representational or abstract) soft sculpture

The purpose of this assignment is to exercise each student's individual imagination and skills in terms of harvesting thematic and formal content. As well this project will be about synthesizing the language of the chosen materials to the themes/narratives with in a dialogue encompassing contemporary ideas in relation to art. Be formally innovative with your materials and demonstrate a variety of materials in work!

Subject Matter:
Representational and or abstract imagery, materials and or processes that convey themes, metaphor or narratives. 

Required Process of Work (and connections to evaluation of work):
During the early stages of the work it will be very important in class to always have ideas materialize into some kind of physical or visual presentation. In these early stages of the project, people may start with weak or basic ideas as a starting point but should discuss ideas and potential struggles with instructor immediately.  It is also very important for students to consult with instructor particularly during the project's early stages even if the student’s ideas and or work are too straightforward. The instructor anticipates that discussing a project in the early stages will very likely present work that is unfinished, unresolved or most likely presents a variety of significant problems.

Even if the idea is very basic and the work has many unresolved problems students are required to take a leap of faith early on in the project and present an initial work in progress to the instructor. These initial works in progress could include photographs, raw video, sketches (analogue and or digital) and or maquette.

Students should strike a balance between expanding their technical skills of various mediums/processes and working with materials that will not overwhelm them. Consultation with instructor regarding this balance will be required. For easy transportation and storage the assignment should be portable (reasonably light weight), expandable (foldable and or inflatable) and modular (assembled in parts) for. During the process of the work allow for changes in directions from initial ideas for the assignment, editing, risk taking, thorough research (including an explorative curiosity) and experimentation and innovation will be all required for this assignment.

Final Objectives/Goals:
The ultimate goal for this assignment is to advance beyond straightforward themes, materials and processes striving to eventually resolve the work by synthesizing as much poetic meaning and thematic layers as possible. As well the work should have an innovative use of various materials and formal design. Overall there is the expectation that the work strives for experimentation and also strives (or even achieves) new knowledge with in the contemporary art context.

Evaluation of Work:
30% Concepts/Poetic Layerings of Themes                                                                           
60% Formal Visual Language and Technical Skill with innovative use of materials    
10% Synthesis of the Concepts with Formal/Visual language 

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