Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Fall Semester-Week 8 Vincent Desiderio and Juliette Aristides Workshops
Juliette Aristides and Vincent Desiderio. I was once again one of the monitors for Vince's two-day workshop, the 4th of his workshops I've attended here at the school. While being a monitor might crimp my painting time in the workshop it gives me more off-peak one-on-one time with Vince before, after and during the lunch break. Vince comes twice a year to do these workshops and I think that says a lot about him as a person, even more than about him as an artist. Vince charges you up, feeds your head with so much good art-talk and history, theory and his enthusiasm just fills the room and everyone there like a vessel that overflows with art and goodness. In the big Art World where there is a lot of nastiness and ugliness, jealousy and outright crap and BS its great to get the perspective both figuratively and literally from an artist in the battle every day. He really invests in each person and relates to you almost as a pier, no big ego, no attitude--he wants us all to join him. He takes the Modernists to the mat, as he lectures and demos on the formal, theoretical, conceptual and the technical narrative of painting. He's brilliant, plain and simple, but it's an honest brilliance, a well crafted and well well thought out and historical brilliance. Here is a bit from one of his discussions during the workshop. "Great technique is on the brink of collapsing under the weight of it's own daring. Like starring at a man on a high wire--is he going to fall? And he doesn't fall. He feels painting has to be a fruit-full ground, free of the neo-cons of "contemporary figurative crap" or neo-cons who do "conceptual crap". Vince is a painter who wants to see into the future, the possibility of where painting can go.Whatever the color or temperature of your light mass is it's going to force your eye to see the shadow as it's opposite. Even though I have heard him speak on the subjects of tonality, perspective and seen him do the demo's it never get's boring, it's like a prayer or an affirmation to see this and him working again. I think because I have done the workshops before I can understand better and concentrate on other aspects and not feel overwhelmed. Vince started by giving is talk and then his demo. he talked about the history of painting and how artists came to solve the problems of staying active and current while still having traditional skills.
The Model of Tonality 1. The incidence of reflection (highlight-which always has a shift to the cool) 2. The light mass. 3. The turning ( terminator) 4. The shadow (which are neutral and like mirrors and who's color can change depending on the light mass.)He also talked about local color and chroma which is the color of the light and how we must know the difference as painters. When you observe the model keep this model in your head to help organize what you are seeing--which is form with a capital F and that takes over from the analogue of perspective.