Sunday, September 29, 2013

Windows of Marks at Stonehill College

Following my exhibit, Iconic, at Stonehill College this fall in the Cushing Martin Gallery, I am working on a sticky vinyl installation of doodles for the window of the Fine Arts building with David Kinsey's class of seven students. This installation will be similar in spirit to the ones I have previously done with grad students at Lesley University and the teen docents at Danforth Art.

First, I elicited marks from the students by having them draw on a piece paper lodged inside of a small paper lunch bag. While drawing, they listened to two very different musical selections. The first was a melodic, lyrical piece, very meditative in nature. The second cut was percussive and loud. Prompted by the contrasting musical selections, the students responded to what they heard. "Blind" drawings allowed them to be unselfconscious about their work.

During the next week, I scanned the drawings and printed them out onto transparencies so that we could project the images onto a wall. Here are some of the doodles.



The students then measured the three windows we'll be using to adhere the vinyl cut outs of some of these drawings.



Next, they drew the outline of the windows onto large sheets of paper in the studio
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We projected the drawings onto the paper to find an interesting composition. Once the students found a composition that they liked, they traced the outline onto the paper to use as a guide for the actual installation.






We ended up with some really interesting designs. Now a local sign maker will use vector files of these images to cut colored adhesive vinyl for sticking directly to the windows. I will post images of the install soon.

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