Artist: Liza Lou, medium: glass beads on wire




Project Objective:

By using an everyday object, transcend the form's meaning / function by designing a structure out of multiples. Research links listed above to view work and interviews of professional artists. Additionally, consider one of the selected site-specific locations within DCCC campus / building to exhibit your work (I will show what locations we are permitted to use). Site specific Art can also known as an "Installation".




Artists to research:
Tara Donavan
Jason Peters
Megan Geckler
Willie Cole

Liza Lou , More Liza Lou
Jean Shin , More Jean Shin
Jean Shin (youtube)
Nathan Sawaya (youtube)
Nathan Sawaya (youtube)
Nathan Sawaya (webpage)
Tom Friedman

Andy Goldsworthy (youtube)
Andy Goldsworthy (youtube)
Andy Goldsworthy (youtube)
Cat Chow (multiples and fashion)

Holton Rower (web pag; painter, sculpture)
Felipe Barbosa (sculpture)
Jessica Drenk (Organic approach to using multiples)

Michael McGillis (outdoor installation incorporating manmade and natural materials)
Nick Cave (anonymous figurative forms)


Tara Donavan video

Conservation of Tara Donavan's work


Liza Lou





Tom Friedman




Andy Goldsworthy


Nick Cave



FALL 2009




Material possibilities:

Objects for consideration may include but not limited to:
chop sticks, match packs, packaging (ex: juice boxes), pencils, etc (use cheap or free recognizable object forms). We will brainstorm alternative materials in class.


Use glue, thread, etc. to adhere the objects together.


Research the artists listed online to stimulate possible ideas and materials for use. Consider if you want to mold a recognizable form or construct in pure design. When choosing your object, consider construction. How will you join or adhere the objects? Must you connect your objects using an adhesive? Are they free floating, bunched, stacked, scattered, etc? Do you want to work small or large (size and scale)? How will that scale support or distract your idea? What is an installation? How can you use site-specific location to your advantage? What characteristics of the environment can support or possibly change your idea. Work with the location; it is just as important as the "piece". When constructing / designing your idea, consider basic design concepts and techniques used throughout the past projects. Take note of certain characteristics of your chosen object that could be utilized as part of the design (color, shape, or texture). View these objects through the eyes of an artist and not for utilitarian purposes. For example, a yellow pencil can be shaved to a point, has an orange shape at one end (a.k.a. eraser), and a small shiny gold or silver textured surface. Each of these properties can be utilized within your design.

Last but not least, consider the conceptual properties of the object. For example Jean Shin uses lottery tickets as a symbol of chance, hope, and vulnerability. She builds a city using losing lottery tickets to support the notion that everything may seem structural sound, but within a moment the house of cards can fall. Considering Jean Shin recently exhibited this work may parallel the recent economic state. This work is a great example showcasing a marriage of aesthetic and conceptual practices. As I have repeat within each assignment, “do not think too much in the beginning of the process”. Think, sketch, work, think sketch, work, think, sketch, work... ideas come from work; work develops ideas. One action informs the other.

Grading: does your work support the points below?

-Are you following the concept of the project?
- Does your work conceptually stimulate the viewer?
- Neatness, precision, Intelligent and crafty use of the medium (no distractions from craftsmanship errors)
-Originality, problem solving, innovation
Composition (overall design)
Does your work visually stimulate the viewer?
-Does the project seem complete, developed/evolved, and well executed?

Images for inspiration





































Tom Friedman







Artist Group, China




Tom Friedman




Tom Friedman




Jean Shin




Jean Shin




Jean Shin




Jean Shin, Pots and Pans




Jean Shin, Trash Ties

























Willie Cole




Willie Cole, Hair Dryers




Willie Cole




Willie Cole, Irons





Willie Cole, Hair Dryers




Rachel Whiteread









Tom Friedman, Pencils




paper plates

Tara Donavan, Paper Plates




Tara Donavan, Styrofoam Cups




Tara Donavan, Tooth picks




Tara Donavan











Sculpture below is created by Andy Goldsworthy