The past two sessions with visiting artist Randy Guthmiller primarily focused on the practice of other artists, most of whom are in the current exhibition Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s. This Sunday, Randy focused on his own work and created a lesson that relates to his current creative pursuits.
Artist Randy Guthmiller began T/AP this week by sharing his experience at Zine Fest Houston. Randy introduced the students to zines—small circulation, self-published works of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier—and brought several zines he traded at the event to share with class. Then he introduced the next project: a group zine!
The Modern’s 2014–2015 Teen/Artist Project has begun, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! This year's T/AP program features a line-up of very talented visiting artists, all with interesting takes on the exhibitions the Modern will offer over the year. The first artist the program will work with is the Dallas-based Randy Guthmiller. This is a very special occasion because Randy is both a former T/AP student and intern. It’s great to welcome Randy back to the Modern.
Sadly, this Sunday was the last class of the 2013–2014 Teen/Artist Project. The class started with a surprise pizza delivery. After casually chatting over pizza, the teens were tasked with creating a 24” x 36” painting on canvas. The students’ work could deal with any subject matter that they wanted, and they could apply paint to the canvas in any fashion. Matthew was really interested in giving the students freedom but making sure that they were applying some of the techniques learned in previous classes.
This Sunday, the teens had an opportunity to work with Dallas-based artist Andrew Blanton. Andrew recently earned his MFA in New Media from the University of North Texas and currently teaches at UT Dallas and SMU. Andrew began class with a brief presentation about his work, which he describes as transdisciplinary, meaning that he works in many different fields at the same time. He comes from a family of engineers and was trained in classical percussion.