Consider the Abstract
This course is designed to present a general overview of movements in abstraction over the course of the past century, and how these movements might have relevance to contemporary strategies in painting. The class will be structured around five painting projects, and with each we will investigate various styles in abstract painting. Students will consider the work of these various artists in relationship to their own painting inquiry, and will prepare two studies before beginning each project. The class will focus on an experimental and open-ended approach, in which different modes of abstraction will be explored: geometric or hard-edge painting, poured and stain methods, gestural painting, and push-pull techniques. These various possibilities, including experiments with new materials, will serve in the discovery of significant form. We will consider how truth to materials is a relevant inquiry in the practice of painting.
“Brent communicated with us each week by email (in addition to class) and gave us little assignments or provided lots of links of art to look at, etc. There was a continual conversation amongst him and the whole class. We really built a support group. It was excellent!” –Advanced Painting student, 2012
Acrylic on paper
8 x 6 inches
Courtesy of the artist