· Art can be made with many different things. Especially in our post-Duchampian 20th century world, artists explore there ideas using material as a theoretical tool or point of expression, divorcing themselves from the classical and academic restrictions of the past, and allowing art to say new, contemporary, and important things.
o Why would an artist choose to use these materials?
o What difference does it make to use these materials?
o How do we say things with not only objects but with the “stuff” of the objects we make?
o In what ways is this still art(istic)?
o What role does skill play? What about concept? (Art) History? What’s meaningful to you?
o Some of these deal with identity, some of these don’t
o Why do you think so many of these are untitled?
· Think about an idea or image to represent, how can we do this with different materials (beads, bottle caps, cardboard collage, nets and sand, fibers, fabric, ???)
o How would you draw this idea?
o Are you saying something you can’t draw/paint?
o What about the concept?
o What difference does the stuff make?
o What’s outside the canvas?
o Are you putting your ideas down and limiting them or letting them come out?
o What’s different about constructing your ideas like this? About thinking about them like this?
o Why did you pick this one? Does it matter that you, the artist, chose this thing (readymade) to use in your artwork?