IN PERSON: If asked to talk about abstract painting — even works we know well — many of us would struggle to put what we’d likely describe as our feelings into words. How does an art form, which owes part of its place in history to the efforts of so many American artists, find such an odd place in our culture? Through a combination of lecture and discussion, we will gain a historical basis for looking at abstract painting by examining several stages of its development in the 20th century. As we develop a vocabulary to discuss both conventional and newly canonical works, we will also explore more contemporary modalities and the state of the art form today. We will use class time for demonstrations and for making nonfigurative art work as well. Students will have the opportunity to try out this new vocabulary during in-class critiques of the work we make. There will be an end-of-course writing assignment. A set of structured activities will be completed outside of the class. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion, Active Skill Learning.
Max enrollment: 14.
Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705
Sterling Bowen studied art at UNC-Charlotte. His practice includes painting and installation work, as well as teaching, curating and writing. He maintains a blog about his practice and other artists he finds interesting (www.sterlingbowen.com). During the day, Sterling works in clean energy. He is also a father of two who lives in Raleigh with his spouse. When not working, making art or traveling, he spends time playing basketball, watching science fiction or working on his community.