Image • Text • Context
Monday through Friday, July 02-06
*This course is available for 3 Undergraduate or 2 Graduate credits. http://www.brockport.edu/ssp/summer/
From illuminated manuscripts to Surrealist manifestos to visual displays of information for the Web, written language and visual imagery have been combined to create powerful works of art. This is a studio based interdisciplinary class enhanced by a series of short lectures, conversations, assignments and critiques, exploring historic traditions and contemporary genres that link image, text, and context.
The class will work with words as images, words with images, and words about images. Sources of inspiration will range widely from illuminated manuscripts, maps, alphabets, retablos, documentary styles of image and caption, collage strategies, mind maps, Surrealist games, and comics, (to name a few) while exploring the breadth and depth of artistic practice from John Cage, Cy Twombly, Leslie Dill, Tom Philips, William Blake, Shirin Neshat, Duane Michals, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha, Raymond Pettibon, Jean Michele Basquiat, Xu Bing, and Roni Horn, among others.
The goal is for students to create new hybrids of text, image, and context. Introduction to techniques that utilize some form of photographic image and text combinations as a significant strategy of art-making, at all levels working in 2-D media, are welcome.
Since 1997, Judy Natal's photographs have dealt with the visual aspects of natural landscapes and alterations to those landscapes. By 2006, her focus
had progressively shifted toward an examination and documentation of landscapes that have been altered by scientists, engineers, designers, and utopians. Her work continues to describe important aspects of our contemporary world and contribute significant observations about mankind’s ideas of nature, our effect on our landscapes, and what the future might hold for us. Natal is a Chicago artist, author of EarthWords published in 2004 by Light Work, and Neon Boneyard Las Vegas A‐Z, published in 2006 by Center for American Places. Her photographs are in the permanent public collections of the California Museum of Photography, Center for Creative Photography, the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, among others. Her work has been exhibited at Projects International and Photograph Gallery in New York City, the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, D.C., and the Sao Paulo Biennal. She has received numerous grants and fellowships including a Fulbright Travel Grant, Illinois Arts Council Photography Fellowships, Polaroid Grants and New York Foundation for the Arts Photography Fellowships. Natal has also been awarded numerous artist residencies nationally and internationally, most recently in Iceland and the Biosphere 2 for her current work Future Perfect.