Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Texting is a contemporary form of communication - we use text everyday, to decipher meaning, to guide us, to connect.... So, why shouldn't we use it in our artwork?

There are many artists who have a text-based practice. Looking to Pop art in the 60's and 70's we find artists like Ed Ruscha and Roy Lichtenstein not only using text, but using imagery and process' from an emerging "popular culture."

Moving forward into the 80's, feminist artists like Barbara Kruger and The Guerrilla Girls paired relevant imagery with bold statements to convey their criticism of sexism and the circulation of power within cultures.

Contemporary artists have been using text in an interactive way, combining architecture and text.
The artists are, in a way, narrating your experience of/in that space.

You can communicate in a different way using text in your art. First you must come up with a concept. What do you want to say? What imagery will accompany your text? Will the imagery support or oppose the imagery? How will your layout effect the message? Think about your concept and do some preparatory sketches. The finished piece with be an 18"x24" drawing on the heavyweight white drawing paper, using any of the materials we've used in class (graphite, charcoal, pen). Be prepared to discuss your concept and process in the critique.