Drawing Dirty Pictures
Drawing Dirty Pictures Mission Statement
Who ever said that good art had to be neat and clean?
The mission of the Dirty Pictures group was to expose students to methods of making that eschewed neatness and embraced the filthy, the abject, and the raw aspects of art. Students unearthed little examined experiences to create narrative works that investigated their own encounters with cleanliness and lack thereof.
Together we analyzed the thematics of dirt in our society, ranging from the merely messy to life-threatening toxicity to seamy sexuality. By studying the works of contemporary artists such as the Clayton Brothers, Camille Rose Garcia, Stephen Gammell, Chris Mars, Michael P. McManus, and Tony Fitzpatrick, the students were exposed to a dirty aesthetic that utilizes layering to create rich visual texture and deep content investigation.
In this dirty, dirty group, we explored dirt from medium to metaphor.
The fearless, dirty students thought and worked beyond the pristine, white background. Our mission was to become unafraid to get down and dirty with our art. To be intimately engaged in it. To become filthy with it.
Dirty Pictures Faculty: Alex Goldin, Christina Gowrylow, & Tazim Salik.
2007 Spiral Workshop Director: Olivia Gude