Art 3 – Process of Abstraction – Scully and Mehretu – 4/23 (4/27)

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Watch the following video and make notes in your sketchbook on key issues/questions that Scully introduces on abstraction.

Watch:

1. the video of Julie Mehretu working on a large scale mural,

2. a gallery site containing her drawings and paintings,

3. a video interview about some of that work which was on exhibit, and

4. a summary bio from Wikipedia.

In your sketchbook, list your responses to her creative process.  Consider: what do you think guides her in her creative process? Why is that little yellow square so important in its placement?  How does she decide what to add, take out, or leave in the piece?  Why do you think she avoids talking about the piece in formal art terms (elements and principles of design)? Why is it important to her that she starts on a ground rather than blank white canvas/paper?

2.   http://whitecube.com/artists/julie_mehretu/

4.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Mehretu

Think about what your process will be in creating an abstract piece and whether or not yours has any similarities to hers.

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