Notebook, 1993-


The Investment of Interest

There are some things a critic might have to pay attention to that an artist simply will not for perhaps the same reasons. And, likewise, both may find it difficult not to pay a great deal of attention to some things that may generally not be obviously reported. The following comments are not about skill, style, packaging or product: "Every inch of the surface has to be won," (Robert Hughes) wrote of Freud's canvases in The Guardian in 2004, "must be argued through, bears the traces of curiosity and inquisition --above all, takes nothing for granted and demands active engagement from the viewer as its right" . . . and of the influence of Goya on him, Hughes spoke of Goya's "vast breadth of curiosity about the human animal and the depth of his appalled sympathy for it." - (NYTimes 8/7/12)

Sculpture - (Forming, Modeling, Carving, Assembling, Attaching, Building, Constructing, Casting -- Substance, Space, Form, Texture, Tone . . . . the influence of structural pattern and light) . . . . Through Stone, Clay, Metal, Paper, and any selection of Materials --predominantly manifesting

Painting - (Suggesting, Coloring, Blending, Shaping, Delineating, Forming --Hue, illusion, Qualities [such as fluidity], Shapes, Perspective . . . . substance and illusion) . . . . Through Tempera, Oil, Watercolor, Pastel, Acrylic - predominantly imagining or picturing

Drawing - (Considering, Rendering, Directing, Evolving, Defining --Movement, Tone, Form, Pattern, Narration . . . . improvisation and delineation) . . . . Through Pencil, Pen, Crayon and Any choice of Media, all Dimensions - predominantly supposing, describing or narrating

Printing - (Impression / Imprint, Transfer, Documentation, Repetition, Embellishment --Processes, Stages, Editions. . . . traces, dissemination) . . . . An Etching, Stencil, Lithograph, Woodcut, Photo, Film --in Exchange, Absorption or Transfer --through Clay, Stone, Metal, Paper, Film, Electronics, etc. - predominantly recording and exchanging

Multimedia - (Collage, Assemblage, Construction, Still Life, Installation, Theatre --Assimilation, Appropriation, Collaboration, Participation . . . . exchange, reflection) . . . . The processes as well as the coordination of various Materials and Media - predominantly coordinating

Explore Materials & Methods, which suggests areas of investment in visual arts Skills, Methods, and Disciplines which impact upon personal fulfillment, humanitarian considerations, and environmental consequence.

There are many disciplines and visual arts professions that can be taken into consideration: Historical, Critical, Curatorial, Arts Administration, Education, Conservation. Architecture, Interior Decoration, etc.

Consider: Auctions, Theater Arts, Art Therapy, Book Arts, Set Design, Art Journalism, Landscape Design, Advertising Design, Theory, Computer Animation, Architecture, Papermaking, Communication and Media Design, Computer Arts, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Environmental Design, Fashion Design, Glass Arts, Cartooning, Industrial Design, Jewelry/Metals/Enamel, Lighting Design, Medical and other Scientific Illustration, Museum Education, Product, Package or other Commercial Design [Automobiles, Industrial Instruments, Engineering products, etc.], Art Direction, Textiles/Fibers/Weaving, Toy Design, Transportation Design, Visual Studies/Visualization.

[Note that Multi-disciplinary and multi-media are made up of distinctive characteristics and methods and collaboration --though the facility and understanding of one or another might predominate. It is also true that most any one interest can be distinguished in relationship to another --though there is much overlap and a sharing in common.]

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The following are just a suggestion of organizations, institutions, universities and professional schools, Museums, and other Cultural Sites that provide opportunities and resources:

Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design [AICAD]

Peterson's Education Directory for Schools, Colleges, Universities, Professional Careers

Education Resources & Other References

National Center for Preservation Technology & Training

Resources in Art History for Graduate Students

Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation



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