Yergens 1Molly YergensLaurel SparksAIB MFA Semester 11 June 2011Semester Summary
January 23. Coffee at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Tim Tozer and I discussed my Residency Summary and talked about my goals forthe upcoming semester. I was pleased that he seemed very open about sharingdetails about his creative process and had some good suggestions aboutgenerating imagery.
Tim told me about how he appropriates color schemes directly from other artists’
paintings, applying various Morandi color palettes to his landscape-based work.This piece of advice reminded me of the
artist’s role as image collector and the
necessity to b
orrow and collect imagery and ideas. Tim encouraged me to “steal”
and afterwards, I wandered through the museum and took photographs of bits of paintings that interested me in terms of color.
One of my goals for the semester was to work on how I use reference material. Icould be less literal in the way I convert photographic imagery into paintings.
Tim’s response was: “Draw and Chop”
. Make collages and drawings. Cut theminto bits and reassemble them. Work intuitively and playfully produce in volume.In retrospect, I could have done more of this, but it proved to be challenging tobounce back and forth between collage, painting and drawing whilesimultaneously trying to resolve paintings that I had already started.2.
February 20. Studio Visit
the semester by building 16, 21” x 23” panels with the intention of
creating a cinematic two-dimensional experience by arranging a series of paintings side by side to suggest narrative structure. Initially, this approachseemed like it might be an effective method of describing a temporal experienceof space and place. In retrospect, I think it is more effective to adopt a more cubist