final meeting

Our final is scheduled for Monday 12/10—this means we do not have class on Wednesday 12/12. I will hold an “open house” style class so you can come and check in with me any time during our scheduled 90 minute final (8:00–9:30am) and we will have an individual wrap up meeting.

Please bring a digital portfolio with documentation of all five finished projects. You do not need to include work-in-progress or any exercises you have posted to your blog—just the final projects. Place all files (images, videos, etc) in a digital folder labeled with your first and last name. Save it to a hard drive and bring it to our meeting so I can copy the files.

I will also distribute project grades at this time. This is also the time to turn in any revised assignments or update me on any outstanding items.

Remember that (in accordance with the Art Department) attendance on this day is mandatory to pass this course.

All course/instructor evaluations are submitted online this semester, so feel free to complete these on your own time. Detailed instructions should have been e-mailed to you from the Art Department.

See you next week! 



critique info

See below for your designated critique date/time/location. Please be prepared with everything you need for your set up time! Attendance is mandatory for both days.

MONDAY 12/03 – GALLERY 199

  • 8:00-8:15 – Julie (entire gallery, various objects)
  • 8:15-8:20 – short break, Savannah set up
  • 8:20-8:35 – Savannah (entire gallery, large canvas)
  • 8:35-8:40 – short break, Paulina set up
  • 8:40-8:55 – Paulina (entire gallery, 16 chairs)
  • 8:55-9:15 – long break, Ralph, Krystin, Susan, Tony set up
  • 9:15-9:30 – Ralph (table + wall)
  • 9:30-9:45 – Krystin (built room)
  • 9:45-10:00 – Susan (one pedestal)
  • 10:00-10:15 – Tony (two pedestals, one wall)


  • Kyle (video)
  • Dominique (video)
  • Amanda (image series)
  • Lakpa (video)
  • Yahaira (video)
  • Edwin (video)
  • Yadira (image series)
  • Adrian (image + interaction)



open concept (final)

CRITIQUE DUE DATE: Monday 12/03 (gallery) + Wednesday 012/05 (classroom)

PROJECT TITLE: Open Concept (Final)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Create a new piece of 4D art responding to the conceptual goals of your choosing.

You are required to use at least one of the concepts/techniques/approaches we have seen in class, but feel free to supplement your work with techniques from your previous knowledge, or research and experiment with a new approach. Works will be viewed in the gallery on Monday and the classroom on Wednesday, so I will assign your critique date based on your proposal.

This is your final project for this class and will be worth 20% of your final grade. Use this project as an opportunity to take risks, try something new, and build on what you have learned in this course.

PROPOSAL: Before you begin on your project, write a one page (double-spaced) proposal for your open concept assignment. Outline your conceptual goals, provide details for materials, equipment, and techniques you plan to employ, define final format / size, and cite any references or preliminary stylistic / historical / cultural research you have done. A hard copy of your proposal is due at the beginning of class on Monday 11/12 and we will discuss your idea as a group following your artist presentation. 


Monday 11/05 – critique project #4

Wednesday 11/07 – critique project #4

Monday 11/12 – hard copy of all proposals due, artist presentations + proposal discussion

Wednesday 11/14 – artist presentations + proposal discussion

Monday 11/19 – NO CLASS (FALL BREAK)

Wednesday 11/21 – NO CLASS (FALL BREAK)

Monday 11/26 – open studio, work-in-progress critiques

Wednesday 11/28 – open studio, work-in-progress critiques

Monday 12/03 – critiques in gallery

Wednesday 12/05 – critiques in classroom

RELEVANT ARTISTS: You should pull inspiration from the artist you researched for your presentation and their contemporaries. Guide your own research to supplement your chosen concept.

in-class exercise (space)

Find a space on campus that you have never been before. This does not need to be the same site for your larger project. Your space may be public, but you must be the only one from your class in this space for this exercise.

Find a comfortable seat or place to lean or stand and observe the space for 30 minutes. Resist the urge to look at your phone or talk to anyone. During this time, take note of the following, and use this data to produce a space map.

  • inhabit the space (walk the perimeter, note ceiling/sky and floor/ground)
  • measure the space (traditional measurements such as inches and feet, or relative measurements such as steps, jumps, body lengths, arms, etc.)
  • listen to the space (record sounds, frequency, tempo, background and foreground noises)
  • touch the space (note temperature, moisture, texture)
  • thoughts in the space (record where your mind wanders, what you think about in the space and how many of these things are unrelated or triggered by something in the space)
  • changes in the space (how has the space changed in 30 minutes, more/less populated, changing activities, light shifts, etc.)
  • notice any other details about the space that define the experience of being there — be creative!

Bring all your data back to class and use it to create a space map. Your map can be a drawing or collage that illustrates the sensory details that someone may not see when they look at the space. Your space map should give viewers a sliver of  what it’s like to “be there.”

If you are stuck, reading parts of The Poetics of Space may be helpful.

project #4 [installation]

CRITIQUE DUE DATE: Monday 11/05 + Wednesday (sign up for dates in class on 10/24)

PROJECT TITLE: Installation

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Installation art is immersive, site-specific, responds to the cultural or structural elements of place, and utilizes viewers’ many senses.

Create an immersive installation and a sensory experience that highlights a sense other than sight…

  • smell
  • sound
  • touch
  • taste

Your works can still have visual components, but consider how your installation can highlight, obscure, or abstract one of the above senses. Install your work in a nearby location, or utilize gallery 199. Respond specifically to the location you chose and create an artwork that could not exist anywhere else. A “place” in this case can be a room, a corner of the gallery, a hallway, a park bench, a broom closet, a crevice under the stairs, etc.

All works will be experienced first hand during critique. No documentation for this project! All students will sign up for a critique day and your work must be installed for us to view on that day.

Since this project requires you to spend time in a specific location outside of the classroom, there are two OFF-SITE open studio days scheduled for you to work. Off-site time is independent work time and may be spent location scouting, finding supplies, constructing elements, or installing. There will be no formal class meeting on these days, and no attendance will be taken.

DIGITAL SKETCHBOOK REQUIREMENTS: As you work on your projects, post the following on your blog prior to critique…

  • in-class exercise
  • project ideation (a paragraph about your ideas and conceptual goals before you begin work, research, sketches, work-in-progress images, etc.)
  • self-critique (a paragraph evaluating your project against your goals, and noting areas for improvement)


Wednesday 10/24 – introduce assignment, sign up for critique dates, in-class activity, open studio

Monday 10/29 – off-site work day

Wednesday 10/31 – off-site work day

Monday 11/05 – first critique day, view projects installed by students who signed up for this day

Wednesday 11/06 – second critique day, view projects installed by students who signed up for this day

RELEVANT ARTISTS / LECTURE RECAP: Sissel TolaasKohei Yoshiyuki, Jim GreenSnarkitectureMika Rottenberg