Matthew Woodward: Bare Ruined Choirs

Go to the Barrington Area Library right away to see the exhibit of Matthew Woodward’s drawings, because you’ll be revisiting before it all comes down on the 20th. Look around carefully so you don’t miss any of the pieces. There are parallels to the kind of monochromatic printmaking that we do.

The library’s website says:

“Through Woodward’s medium of charcoal and graphite on paper, he highlights interesting motifs found on century old edifices. By selecting architectural details from cornices, doors, and gates, he captures a misty beauty of ghost-like finials and creates hazy, haunting, compelling images.”

In between visits, read John Berger’s essay “The Company Of Drawings” in this month’s Harper’s magazine. Here’s a little quote (which happens to begin with a clear similarity to camerawork:

“Drawing now involves subtracting as much as adding. It involves the paper as much as the forms drawn on it. I use razor blade, pencil, yellow crayon, spit. I can’t hurry.”

Assessment Criteria for This Semester

(Yes, this chalkboard picture is meant to segue from the above post.)

In an effort to broaden the six-point system for projects last fall, here is a list of criteria that earn 3 points each:

Film & Contact Sheets: making well-exposed and developed negatives; making correct and useful proofs.

Following Directions: using the assigned set of concerns to shoot; observing deadlines.

Interpretation: going beyond the letter of the law, trying stuff to see what can resonate for the viewer.

Printmaking: exercising one’s craft to produce engaging pictures.

Late or incomplete work at a given deadline earns no credit; reassessment may occur, but is not guaranteed.