Many artists credit their most successful pieces to iteration, a process that can span months or years. This course adopts methods of technology development, prototyping, down-selection, and iteration, to expedite the creation of meaningful student sculpture projects.
We’ll start by developing a large number of preliminary sculptures, or prototypes. We’ll document, evaluate, and down-select, and in doing so choose specific directions for further exploration. Finally, we’ll select and make iterations with a single piece, confident in the knowledge that related ideas and directions have been explored and discarded.
The class will culminate in an exhibition of final sculptures, along with documentation of the earlier work they grew out of. In addition to work and documentation, students will come away with a clear, repeatable process for idea generation and refinement that can be applied throughout their art careers.
Eric Martin is a visual artist who studied engineering and environmental policy at MIT, and sculpture at the California College of the Arts.
He is a recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Joshua Tree National Park. At CCA, Eric curated an experimental film program for the joint CCA-Stanford conference Rising Tide: Art and Ecological Ethics.
His work has been exhibited at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Little Paper Planes (in Oakland, CA), and Factory Outlet (in Mokelumne Hill, CA). In October, he’ll be exhibiting a series of drawings based on the 2016 California wildfire season at Gallery 2301 in Oakland, CA.