164Greensheet - Art 164 INTERMEDIATE PAINTING FALL 2007...

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Art 164 – INTERMEDIATE PAINTING FALL 2007 Mon-Wed: 12:30-3:2pm Instructor: Gale Antokal, Associate Professor Office: A315 Office Hours: T 9:00-1:00 Email: [email protected] Phone: 924-4404 Escort 4-2222 Police 911 WHAT IS PAINTING? “A painting is an odd thing, a peculiar interruption in the fabric of the world. It is like a mistake, like a flaw in reality. Every painting is a nest of contradictions. Each painter learns to link personal disposition with a body of knowledge in a paradoxical object. As paradox, the painting is, for instance, an object and not-object at the same time, an act of consciousness and a metaphor for consciousness, manifest and obscure, a cultural and an individual production, rational and non- rational, substance and image, etc. The painter must learn to manage contradictions and tolerate instabilities in the course of creating something that seems to be enthralling and dispiriting in turns. Color is a feature in painting, and color is an occasion for vision to be engaged. Also, color, like the other formal elements of painting can escape its formal presence by becoming an occasion for meaning.” Frank Galuska “ Painting is alchemy. Its materials are worked without knowledge of their properties, by blind experiment, by the feel of the paint. A painter knows what to do by the tug of the brush as it pulls through a mixture of oils, and by the look of colored slurries on the palette. Drawing is a matter of touch: the pressure of the charcoal on the slightly yielding paper, the sticky slip of the oil crayon between the fingers. Artists become expert in distinguishing between degrees of gloss and wetness-and they do so without knowing how they do it, or how chemicals create their effects.” James Elkins (“What painting Is”) “Painting is used as a mode of representing, documenting and expressing all the varied intents and subjects that are as numerous as there are practitioners of the craft. Paintings can be naturalistic and representational (as in a still life or landscape painting), photographic, abstract, be loaded with narrative content, symbolism, emotion or be political in nature. A large portion of the history of painting is dominated by spiritual motifs and ideas; sites of this kind of painting range from artwork depicting mythological figures on pottery to biblical scenes rendered on the interior walls and ceiling of The Sistine Chapel to depictions of the human body itself as a spiritual subject….” “For a painter, color is not simply divided into basic and derived (complementary or mixed) colors (like, red, blue, green, brown, etc.). Painters deal practically with pigments, so "blue" for a painter can be any of the blues: phtalocyan, Paris blue, indigo, cobalt, ultramarine, and so on. Psychological, symbolical meanings of color are not strictly speaking means of painting. Colors
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