VSD-2302

Obsessive Painting

One semester: 3 studio credits
Is making art just a socially acceptable way of channeling obsessive behavior? Look at Agnes Martin’s grid paintings; Morandi’s bottles; Henry Darger’s 15,145 pages of manually typed, hand-painted manuscript; Paul Noble’s fantasy worlds; Vija Celmins’s waves and rocks, and James Hampton’s thrones. It appears that each artist had no “off” switch. This course will address the artist’s never-ending pursuit of ideas, subjects, motifs or materials. Class time will be dedicated to painting and both group and individual critiques.

Visual & Critical Studies