Home as Situation
Missouri State University, Dept. of Art + Design
PROJECT INFORMATION FOR EDUCATORS
Conversation points for instructors
3D Foundations, Beginning - Advanced Sculpture
This project is designed for remote learning.
It addresses material resourcefulness, site specific installation, and alternative exhibition venues.
This project was inspired by Jessica Stockholder’s, Installation in my Father’s Backyard, 1983
PROJECT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
Project Prompt / Challenge
This assignment introduces strategies of material resourcefulness and spatial sensitivity as a means to create work for a location that is not the traditional gallery setting. Using only materials sourced from your living space, create a sculpture (or sculptural installation) that engages a particular site in your home or on your property. There are no size limitations, as this project will be presented outside the usual academic local.
Being limited to only resources at hand, students start by evaluating material options and consider how they can be transformed into an artwork.
Students are asked to reconsider their environment because everything is a potential art material – furniture, old toys, the contents of a desk, etc.
Students must determine what tools are needed to make the work.
Students must also consider the location they intend to install their work, noting the formal qualities and atmosphere of the space since these factors will inform composition and meaning.
The instructor should provide a slide lecture / screen-cast providing examples of artists working under this philosophy. What does a successful work look like?
It’s helpful to assign readings and videos that further student comprehension of the assignment objectives.
Only material and objects found at home or on the student’s property.
FURTHER SUPPORT INFORMATION
Online / Video Resources:
Jessica Stockholder, Sarah Sze, Mark Manders, Rodney McMillian (specifically carpet paintings)
This project is best introduced after students have experienced working with found objects, deconstruction, and assemblage, and understand the aims of site-specific work.