Consider the Abstract

Brent Hallard
10 Sessions » Saturdays, June 7–August 16
(No class July 5)
10 am–1 pm | Studio 117 | $400

Prerequisite: Intermediate-level painting background

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

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Brent Hallard is an artist, curator, and writer based in San Francisco. As a master’s graduate from the University of New South Wales, he has recently participated in exhibitions including Hard-Edge Abstraction, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York; Hydrography – Abstract in Watercolor, De Vishal, Haarlem, Netherlands; Never Underestimate a Monochrome, University of Iowa Museum of Art and Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Rancho Cucamonga, California; The KOBE Biennale 2011, Kobe, Japan; Sugarmountain 2, Galerie van den Berge, Goes, Netherlands; Gifting Abstraction, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York; Informal Relations, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; and Recent Movements in Non-Objective Art, Reuten Galerie, Amsterdam. Recent curated events include Dripping Color Amazement, Galerie oqbo, Berlin; A Romance of Many Dimensions, Brooklyn Artists Gym, New York; Touch + Paris, ParisCONCRET; Trans: Form | Color, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco; Trans:formal Pharmaka, Los Angeles; and Bus-Dori Suitcase, Bus-Dori Project Space, Tokyo. Hallard is currently organizing a large-scale exhibition for 2014 hosted by Root Division, San Francisco. 


Brent Hallard
Automat, 2014
Acrylic on paper
8 x 6 inches
Courtesy of the artist