Home as Situation

Contributor:

Missouri State University, Dept. of Art + Design

PROJECT INFORMATION FOR EDUCATORS

Where?

Course Level

Why?

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.

Acknowledgements: 

This project was inspired by Jessica Stockholder’s, Installation in my Father’s Backyard, 1983

PROJECT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

What?

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.

How?

Strategy

  • 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.

Materials:

Only material and objects found at home or on the student’s property.

Timeline:

3-5 weeks

FURTHER SUPPORT INFORMATION

Online / Video Resources:

Inspirational

Artists:

Jessica Stockholder, Sarah Sze, Mark Manders, Rodney McMillian (specifically carpet paintings)

Additional Tips: 

This project is best introduced after students have experienced working with found objects, deconstruction, and assemblage, and understand the aims of site-specific work. 

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