In the artistic creation, how does imagination obtain a visual form by thinking? Feeling, impressions, psychological, memory… Which principle of distribution makes the inspiration come home? During the experience of transforming an idea into the implement, what is the interesting and necessary transition? The setting of a problem often means the beginning of the communication. In the classroom, teachers and students had a conversation and discussion, which tries to solve the problem, eventually pointing to self-examination or introspection. Therefore, any ambitious state of mind, blind obedience or superstition of art, would be restricted by knowledge, judged by rationality, with tolerant exploration. In this sense, after the curatorial concept was completely customized by the students, “fulcrum” was finally selected to be the theme of the exhibition, which has reflected the simple understanding and consensus of the course by the students:
The transformation of an idea course opens a door to the new world and opens up a whole new way of life for us, like Archimedes said, “Give me a fulcrum, and I shall move the world.”
During the seven weeks, six issues served as the “fulcrums” for the different concepts, gradually expanding to various corners of thinking, starting from their respective experiences, the students expanded an adventure “balancing game” around the “fulcrum”, although the results vary, they maintain a high degree of initiative and self-consciousness, and show a stable and sound development, which is a prominent feature of these sophomores.
From class discussion, creation practice, combing through works, to the final curatorial planning, all parts link with each other with a form of note, works, text, and exhibition, which is actually a set of routine work procedures by an artist or creative worker, both reflecting the professionalism of the times, and the respect and responsibility of the self.
Course Instructors: Li Fan, Huang Yang, Zhang Zhandi
Duration: May 14 to June 14, 2013 Venue: F-304, F-308 of Building 5, CAFA
Text by Huang Yang/Printmaking Department, CAFA
Translated by Chen Peihua and edited by Sue/CAFA ART INFO