- Monday - Marcel Duchamp's 'Fountain' installed in a bathroom in Liverpool
- Tuesday - Damien Hirst's 'For the Love of God'
- Wednesday - James Turrell's 'Skyspace"
- Thursday - no video
- Friday - 3 short videos of Golan Levin's work:
We saw 4 videos this week that challenge the viewer's ideas of the purpose of art. What do you think each of these artists' purpose for their art was?
- Marcel Duchamp - urinal - "Fountain" -
- Damien Hirst - diamond skull - "For the Love of God" -
- James Turrell - sky reflector - "Sky Watch" -
What do you think the purpose of art is?
- Golan Levin - mechanical eye - "Double-Take (Snout)" -
How did these artists challenge your own ideas about what art is for?
At the end of the day, Kim and I eagerly sat down to see what their responses were. I have to say after 7 weeks of asking them to write down their opinions, they are gradually going deeper with their thinking. I'll list a few of their responses for the reader:
What do you think each of these artists' purpose for their art was?
Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" -
- he chose the urinal to create controversy
- use it for humor
- to challenge the concept of art itself by presenting something most people wouldn't expect
- to show that the idea behind the art is more valuable than the art itself
- to show that art doesn't have to be skillful or beautiful or even professional
- (one student replied: I thought it was not art and not a good idea to do that)
- to show that death isn't a demise, but a fabulous beginning of something
- riches are useless when it comes to death
- he wanted to make a visual metaphor of death's beauty and how when a person dies, their last memories and feelings will be forever frozen
- art can be very valuable
- death costs a lot (Ha! Out of the mouths of babes! If they only knew!)
- to see the sky in a different way
- a way to bring the sky closer to you
- to show nature is calming
- you can imagine being in the sky
- that the sky is art, the universe is art, and everything is art
- to give a persona a sense of solitude that only nature can bring and that can't usually be experienced in normal city life
- challenged people's belief that art was something for you to look at, and made so that it was looking at you
- that technology can be made into art
- humor on the whole security watch system
- art can be fun
- to show that someone is always watching
- to express yourself and your talents
- art serves as anything that evokes real, true emotions, whether they be good or bad
- the purpose of art is to show that creativity can be endless, and that anyone can create it
- I think the purpose of art is to let your conscious and subconscious mind let it's thoughts be reproduced through physical form
- to entertain people and keep them asking questions
- to express a feeling or emotion without the barrier of language or words
- it made me think that art can be taken to a different level of critical thinking
- art is more than just a drawing
- by showing that art does not have to be amazing
- they made me think more about what they're trying to say and I feel like art teaches me new ways to look at things
- they showed me that art has no limit
- their artwork is not traditional, but is testing the boundaries of creativity and originality
- they made you think; art doesn't necessarily make you feel good - it just makes you feel
I think it's a good way to introduce a lot of different artists to the class that are not usually covered. It's also a really good way to expose the students to the artists' processes and ideas. When I was in art class I don't remember being able to hear the artist talk about their concepts and how they go about their work. I really like the theme of the week - it helps organize the thought process that lies beneath the idea of the artwork. And, it's a good way to show them more than one artist within that question for the week, so the students get a broader view of different interpretations of a concept or idea. I am interested in continuing this when I have my own classroom. And, I don't think this is good just for high school, but would also be great for elementary students.