20 April, 2010

Homework - Drawing and Sketching (An Online Project)

The idea: If we could put something specific to draw online, where we could work from the screen of our computers. With designated time frames. I know it can't be as much fun as a gathering would be, and having a live model . Yet for some of us it is more possible than getting out to meet up. Then we can get together and have a show and tell. Thanks.
-Linda Gower

The Project Details: Homework - Drawing and Sketching

Timeline: Deadline for our next project start date is May 24th, 2010. This means we will officially review and comment on them and have an online show so-to-speak of our projects.

Update: Tonight I will record a video and put it up on the web for reference. The theme will be the Delmar Loop in Saint Louis, Missouri. I will take some video and stills of the architecture and people in that area. The project will be to take several elements from the reference and to combine them in a unique way. We want to avoid copying directly, and instead use the reference as a point of departure or inspiration for your inventive piece(s) of art homework. Use a little liberal artistic license in your design of at least one piece. You may even take an old story and tell it through the modern images.

An inspiration and approach to the idea: This last week I was at One Metropolitain Square and saw the giant murals in the lobby by the artist Lincoln Perry. His website is http://www.lincolnperryart.com/. I wrote via email to Ellen Cusumano of Kemoll's Restaurant, and she told me the following about the theme of the murals:

"There are seven 22-foot hight murals by Lincoln Perry titled 'Urban Odyssey' depicting a modern version of the tale of Ulysses using St. Louis Landmarks for settings".

From Lincoln Perry's website: "In late 1988, a series of seven panels were mounted between the pilasters of the lobby of the Met Square building finished that year in downtown St. Louis by Metropolitan Life. Each panel is roughly 22 feet high, five are 16 feet across and two are 37 feet across, for a total painted area of 3388 square feet. There is an outer lobby (with a mural by another artist) and an inner courtyard-like lobby, where the images by me start 25 feet off the ground, so the roofline is roughly 50 feet off the floor.

The images convey the day in the life of a businessman whose quotidian adventures mirror or echo those of Ulysses in the Odyssey. He appears nine times, bearded and in a business suit, first in the morning at Soulard’s Market (all the locations are recognizable St. Louis locations), which evokes the lotus eaters, then passes beneath the legs of the Met Square building itself in the left part of panel 2, as if under the legs of the blinded Polyphemus, on to pass the siren-like secretaries who also enter the building.

In panel 3 he navigates a walkway in the old warehouse district, then under renovation, meeting an old man who might resemble Tiresias in Hades. Panel 4 is set in the St. Louis Art Museum, where the statue of Poseidon really does exist, though the spiral staircase which refers to the whirlpool of Scylla and Charybdis is invented; I see him as torn between the rock all of rigid order and the vortex of dissolution. In Panel 5 he visits the zoo, where the monkeys might refer to Circe’s conversion of Ulysses’ men to swine.

Enchanted by Calypso in the left section of panel 6, under a band shell that sits on an island in St. Louis’ beautiful park, he becomes aware of the attentions paid to his wife, a Penelope like figure to the right of the panel. Harmony returns to his suburban home and family in the last panel, which takes us back to the first after we gap the entrance to the lobby, so the whole cycle becomes a repeating journey of days. "

Read the story and see pictures on Lincoln Perry's website.


Kaylyn said...

can anybody play the online drawing game???

Brian said...

Certainly! This is in a way like how Adebanji took the Flamenco night and ran with it. He is in Britain and did some amazing pieces for not being here to experience the rich colors. His imagination filled the gap nicely.

I was thinking of at some future date doing one where we use online resources to paint pictures of a city around the world like Aachen Germany, or somewhere in Mongolia from pictures and our imagination.

Could be a fun experiment!