Classroom Blog Week 4

Second Semester Blog Week 4

The Human Figure as a Symbol 

In the forth week of classes we began to explore the human figure as a symbol.  How can the addition of a human element change an image? In class we focused on the concept of an ambiguous figure, representations not interested in showing a personal identity but more concerned with human condition.

Through viewing a slideshow (works by: Wendy Ewald, Jari Silomaki, Robert and Shana Parkharrison, Paul Reininga, Imogen Cunningham, Joyce Tenneson, Wynn Bullock, P.H. Emerson, Jane Reece) students began to see how artists throughout art history, have interpreted the figure.  Students observed how the addition of a figure can change the presence of  imagery by representing mood, feelings, themes, and narrative through the addition of a figure. Class concluded by speculating about the vast differences of verbal language vs. non-verbal (body language) and how those things can work together. Finally as always students shared/ viewed prints.

Week 4 Assignment: The Symbolic Figure with Writing

Part 1: Photograph the human figure this week, you can use yourself  a friend or a family member as a model.  You can photograph in any style and any setting, showing the figure in full or part.  This is not a portrait or self-portrait that attempts at showing the subject’s personality or unique identity.  Instead, we are using the human figure to:

*Represent moods, feelings, themes

*Tell a story or hint at a narrative

*Become a personal symbol

*Add interest to a landscape, still life, or interior scene

Create these images with the ABH project in mind.  Work within your comfort zone, but really consider how the human figure can help someone relate to a work of art.

Part 2: Next week we will use special paper and pens to write text that will be overlaid with our figurative images.