Classes: Wednesdays from 2pm to 5pm
Looking or Reading: Text in Drawing and Painting
by Joanne Kaufman
This class begins on Wednesday, January 25
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“Everything leads to the middle. Quincunx is a Roman form used a lot in gardens. The center point here is derived from an X. The points at the four corners direct you back to the center. I was playing with the idea of having a completely central composition-which you are never supposed to do. That appealed to me, naturally.
I was angry when I started this. So I began by saying “no!” I had my hand in there for a while (saying “no”), but but now it’s a few layers below the surface”. – J. Kaufman
Text phrases, words and letters abound in contemporary art, creating the question of whether we are looking or reading. What do these different approaches have to do with meaning? Aren’t they different modes of representing, with text becoming a vehicle for additional forms of communication? One where the meaning comes from both image and sound. In this exciting class students will create works that incorporate language into the visual entirety of the rectangle. Art and artists examined will range from illuminated manuscripts and the signature of Albrecht Durer, to modern and contemporary art including Magritte, the Cubists, Jasper Johns, Al Held, Cy Twombly and Christopher Wool.
Washington Studio School is located at 2129 S. St. NW. For more information, call 202.234.3030 or visit www.washingtonstudioschool.org.