Morning Walk Music: "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus

New Materialism In The House

I suppose that I will enjoy this semester’s elective.

Wednesday, January 18, 2016

It’s about Queer Theory, a subject of which I’d like to imagine I have some knowledge, but may not, necessarily. The instructor seems quite brilliant and I was intrigued by the fact that the instructor’s name is a traditionally male name, while the instructor is of ambiguous gender. One of my classmates and I wondered how we should refer to the Instructor. We’ll figure it out, eventually, but for now, it’s best to refer to the person by name only, as to avoid offense.

Barbecue Dinner
Barbecue Dinner

Today I began to dive fully back into the fray. I performed a few administrative tasks at home, including posting yesterday’s blog piece (yay!). I decided to wash clothes the previous evening, so that wouldn’t be one of my morning responsibilities. I also tweaked any class modifications I needed to be properly registered. I suppose I’ll stick with this “Queer Theory” class, mainly because it fits into the way in which I want to organize my weeks. That being as few obligations on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as possible.
I enjoyed a great studio visit with a professor who for the Fall semester was on sabbatical. I believe he still is, actually, so it was nice that he had a chance to drop by and see what I’m up to. He was quite encouraging and had some insightful and important advice. I’ll take it. It’s funny how some of the instructions can be so sanguine about our prospects after school. I certainly HOPE that we’ll have good opportunities, and yet one side of my feels that it will still prove challenging. In any case, here I go and I’m still working hard.

I also want to move on from the Casual Cruelties, pieces. I still have to show them a bit, and it’s true that my new critique group hasn’t seen them. But I’m still intent on moving outward and forward and pushing my work OUT OUT OUT of the studio and into the world!  The facilitator for this set of critiques is another widely renowned artist. She seems sharp and I have great respect for her work. I’ve seen it a number of times in various venues and have always been impressed by her meticulous arrangements of everyday materials.

Our group critique was successful. It consists of a new mix of people and a new facilitator: A well-known artist for whom I have a great degree of respect. She shows at a Chelsea gallery and deservedly gets many great opportunities. I’m impressed that the school is able to get instructors with such wonderful credentials and achievements.

We went to a painter’s studio first and, admittedly, I didn’t have the vocabulary to be completely eloquent about my thoughts on his work. It’s okay. There was enough talk in the room to fill many of my own mouths. The other artist is a photographer, a very nice woman whose parents are from West Africa, but she was born in the U.S. I liked her work, and we all agreed that she simply focus a bit on one project and make it excellent.

We got out of the critiques at not a terrible hour and I was on my way home. Next week, I have to present, so I have some work to do!

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