Happy New Year!

I am looking forward to a productive semester and expect you are as well.

Throughout the Fall 2015 term, we will be using this space to discuss the critique process and how we approach talking and writing about art. You will be posting your responses to questions that arise in (and out of) class regarding relevant issues. You will also be posting your reviews (critiques) of museum and gallery visits, TV programs, films, articles and other media of your choice relating to art or photography.

To post, you first have to select your course at the top. Then you reply and post your review. I will get an email immediately that alerts me to your posting.

As stated in the course syllabus, reviews should be at least one paragraph in length (approx 250 words) and follow the general guidelines presented in course handouts, including: Talking and Writing about Art.

I have chosen this format because, it is informal and the comments brief. This is not a space for lengthy discourse or academic writing. I expect you to write as you would speak in class regarding work we are discussing. Be descriptive and specific in response to both the formal and conceptual elements of the work(s).

You can say,”I like…” or “, (the work) is awesome”, however, I expect you to elaborate as to why. I will guide you if you veer off course or need to say more. I will be checking these regularly and will reply as needed.




About markam keith adams

Photographer, Professor, Artist
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One Response to Happy New Year!

  1. Cody Fauver says:

    The first piece of art I will be discussing is the Student Exhibition in Westby Hall where the artist Brent was exhibiting a piece where he displayed a moving image on loop of himself getting water-boarded. He set up his display as a projected image onto a large white sheet as the screen, with a puddle of water wetting the bottom of the sheet and a puddle of water on the floor. The rest of the room was kept pitch-black with a curtain on the tour to restrict the amount of light coming into the room. The image was a loop of his body against a white back-drop, with a white towel over his face and water getting poured over the towel. When speaking with Brent, he said that he wanted to depict that something that is commonly seen as disgusting and horrifying can be made aesthetically beautiful. He said the filming process only took 18 seconds to film.

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