Our Expanding Campus

The Heart Department has been reinventing and renovating its webbed pages for your delectation, adding “slide shows” of engaging work from this year and the previous two years. Nothing is in its final form, and selections will probably change as time goes by.

http://www.barrington220.org/Page/10991

http://www.barrington220.org/Page/11013

http://www.barrington220.org/Page/11021

For some reason, that last display seems a little too… I dunno… caffeinated? I’m sure we’ll find a way to slow it down.

Un Coin

For the rookies’ first project, here are some unique solutions to the prompt of describing a space.

“For a knowledge of intimacy, localization in the spaces of our intimacy is more urgent than determination of dates.”

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

 

Suspensions

Choose your level of artifice, and of belief.

W. o’ W.: James Elkins

From Why Art Cannot Be Taught: “There is a cave chamber in Sarawak so large that it could hold five football fields—the largest subterranean chamber in the world. When it was first discovered, the spelunkers had no idea what to expect. They were walking up an underground stream when the walls diverged and left them staring into darkness. The room is so large that their headlamps could not pick out the ceiling or the walls, and they spent the next sixteen hours working their way around the room, keeping close to the right-hand wall, intending to keep going until they got back to the entrance. At times they were fooled by “house-size” boulders that they mistook for walls of the chamber, only to find that they were giant boulders fallen from the ceiling. At one point one of the cavers panicked, but eventually they all got out. Pictures taken on later surveying expeditions show the spelunkers’ lights like little fireflies against a measureless darkness.

“I think of this book in the same way. Like the people on that first expedition, we are not about to figure out very much of what takes place in art classes. There is still a good probability that we will get badly lost thinking about art instruction—and I think parts of this book do get lost. Perhaps that’s the best way for things to be. The cave will certainly be less interesting when it has electric lights and ramps for tourists. Isn’t the cave best as it is—nearly inaccessible, unlit, dangerous, and utterly seductive?”

2012 Twitter = 1912 Postcard

Everybody knows that twitter is limited to 140 characters. The character limit was determined by Friedhelm Hillebrand, father of modern text messaging, who came up with 160 as the ideal number needed to convey… something. When the deciding committee looked at postcards and found most of the messages were around 150 characters, the 160-character limit was born (twitter keeps the extra 20 characters for usernames).

I like to think of twitter as the 21st-century postcard, in that small packages of information are sent easily. Astonishingly, some people among us would be unaware of the conventions of postcards in current conventional use (outside of advertising) were it not for PostSecret, because their purpose has been trumped by texting, but texting has no remnant, nor any sense of presentation.

I don’t collect old postcards, but their appeal is enormous. If I acquire older postcards–used or unused–I use ’em. Even better: make your own.

Next Year’s Roster!

Congratulations

to next year’s new members

of the

Advanced Placement

2-D Design class:

 

Bianca Adams

McCall Braun

Grace Barbolla

Delaney Crouch

Mikayla Johnson

Marian Jostock

Jessica Loomis

Imran Mohsin

Claudia Nielsen

Kayli Putman

Michele Riefenberg

Stephanie Walterman

Maggie Ziolkowski

 

They join returning artists

Kristina Bastidas, Lauren Captain,

Alexa Hanaford, Fay Jenson, Sam La Bar,

Nikki Nixon, and Zach Rowe. Welcome in!

What’s New in the WWoP?

Not much.