art school

“Art is a verb”, Zoe Kreye.

The artists involved were questioning what art is and does.

The groups relied on their engagements with everyday life on campus, the experiences that connect them with each other, with the art institution and the public spaces on campus. Each of the groups chose a physical space on campus to plant text messages: encouraging bookmarks in random books in the library, a “Hey Man” greeting at the entrance to the college, a red dot exposing a mistake, friendly words at the bus stop, support for the maligned smokers, a chalk circle game promoting diversity, super-sized post-it notes lamenting lost love and a sweet statement in a secret hideaway. Projects created with guest artist Zoe Kreye.

The projects explored art as social space, as interactions and as relationships. Art historian Miwon Kwon agrees that such work “no longer seeks to be a noun/object but a verb/process.” [i]

[i] Kwon, Miwon. One Place After Another: Site Specific Art and Locational Identity. (Cambridge and London: The MIT Press, Paperback edition 2004), p. 24

emotional puff, Kana Okamoto

“Art schools are sorta like crack dens” says artist Kerry James Marshall.

I think he means that students and instructors alike get hooked on compulsive making, dialogue and critiques. Everyone is encouraging, “ooh, I like that” or “interesting piece” and even the smallest achievements get boosted.

here is everywhere, Torrance Beamish

Is art school delusional? Well, no. I think the purpose of art (artists) is to be an agent of change,

the future is sexy, Leyla Mitchell

doesn’t mean you must have complete trust in the art school but under the circumstances art schools allow for the right to play, for choice and possibilities — to touch everything without rubber gloves on

untitled, Bonnie Hoskawa

and art school fills the compulsive desire to connect with others that think like you;

self-portrait, Megan Oliver

so…work in the studio, communicate and engage with the art world you want to live in.

(Kazumi eating cake) A Place in a ____ Part of Town, Torrance Beamish

OFF TOPIC the graduating class of Camosun College Visual Arts program 2010