Holiday Spirit on 6th Avenue

Last Day of Class

I need to set up a “To Do” list, for the remainder of the semester.

Christmas Trees on 6th Avenue
Christmas Trees on 6th Avenue

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

I’m pleased that a lot of my work is done, but I have much more to do.  I’m still concerned about “busy-work” load and what I have to do next semester. I want to have a smashing First-Year show, so I need to focus on that. Will I show “Casual Cruelties?” It seems to be making more sense but we’ll see. Whatever it is it needs to have a good impact and have enough “around ” it to make it feel full. Perhaps an interview in a booklet? Not a bad idea. i need to figure out a good person who might work on such a thing. Could I get The editor of the Brooklyn Rail to do it? I’d need to ask quite soon to get that all setup. Or even someone like My Art Criticism professor. Hmm.

Morning Walk Music: "Scorpio" by Dennis Coffey
Morning Walk Music: “Scorpio” by Dennis Coffey

I’m also coming up on this Winter Break period, and since I won’t really have access to a library, whatever reading I need to get needs to be scanned or bought for my Kindle. I’m headed to the library to do some scanning on a book about painting, so I’ll also take some time to brainstorm.

I’m very concerned that I make the most of my time at Columbia, and that the administrative demands of the school will not take over all of my time and energy. I won’t let it, but I have to be diligent.

Scanning a book for later iPad reading
Scanning a book for later iPad reading

Today was my “long day,” at school. This was the final class for both Art Criticism and Critical Issues. In Art Criticism, we talked about the artist, Walead Beshty. I have a great respect for his work and enjoyed the instructor’s survey of the artist’s work. I have to be sure to finish the last set of questions so that my work on the class will be complete. To be honest, I hope that I can find a class that is only low-level demanding. It’s probably a good idea to look for another class at Barnard (so that it will be Independent Study) and also make sure it’s on a Tuesday and, finally, a Pass/Fail class.

Art Criticism Class: Walead Besthy
Art Criticism Class: Walead Besthy

We talked about Walter Benjamin in our Critical Issues class. It was interesting. I learned about the idea of writing “aphoristically,” which is to write in smaller, more digestible, and more poem-like “bites.” I didn’t know that so many ancient and legendary writers and philosophers used this format, and I think that I would be very comfortable with it. It’s something to think about, and it would also work well with my Englyph projects. An image per aphorism.

Critical Issues: Walter Benjamin
Critical Issues: Walter Benjamin

I’m also determined to change the manner in which I work, for the next semester. My work has to get a larger platform and move out of the studio, while still being cogent and excellent IN the studio. I’m getting there. I’m going to experiment with more games and hunts. Perhaps I buy a bunch of URLs for this treasure hunt, but most importantly, I want to keep everything NYC based.

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