Sunday, January 15, 2012

Master Class 6: Special K

Welcome to the 5th edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals. More than 130 artists have answered a series of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented in a series of online posts which will run every Sunday.

Style File and Techniques & Tools were the first two projects posted and links to all 23 posts can be found on the sidebar of my blog. The third project, Master Class, continues now...

Participants were asked : 'If you could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including the present, who would it be and why?'
(Images and links have been added by The Altered Page)
dorit Elisha chose Paul Klee. "I would LOVE a lesson with Klee. I love his playful and imaginative control of color, texture and subject. I would love to live inside his paintings, which sometimes look and feel like a dream."

Mary Beth Shaw would "jump back into history to study with Paul Klee. I admire so many things about him, his color management, obviously his draftsmanship and also the symbolism in his work. I am especially interested in the fact he was a mixed media guy and didn't really follow the trends of his time, but developed his own voice, often working in isolation, using unconventional supplies, trying new techniques. There is a certain humor in some of his early work that intrigues me and I think it would be fun to take a class from him."

Chris Miser is on the same page but also adds a 'second K.' "I so admire Klee's use of color and color theory, his representation of mathematic and musical (metered) concepts in his art, and the humor he injected into his work. I've always been drawn to his work and to Kandinsky's, who was a peer of Klee, because of their work in cubism, surrealism, and other schools of abstract art, as well as Bauhaus, which I find odd but oddly compelling. Klee has the added appeal of working passionately in many different media, and incorporating wit."

Barbara Kleinhans chose Anselm Kiefer "because his work is many things that mine is not: large, bold and dark. I admire his fearless use of elements other than paint in his work."

Shayla Perreault Newcomb chose Gustav Klimt. "His family background was in jewelry and that gave him advanced techniques in the use of real gold in his paintings. I would love to learn his techniques, plus have the opportunity to see some of the larger than life paintings that sadly were destroyed by the Nazis."

annie! also chose Klimt "because I think he was brilliant with collage and color."

Cory Celaya chose Klimt for a different reason..."he used two of my favorite elements, the face/figure and pattern."

Natasha White chose Emare Karaka (Emily Karaka). "I remember when I first saw a piece of her work during a visit to a gallery while I was still at high school and I did not get much further. I kept coming back to it. Her work mesmerized me, it was so bold and emotional and symbolic and colourful and I connected. That work has a hold on me even now, decades later I can still see it and remember my response to it. I am goosebumpy just thinking about it. I love her work and would take anything she could teach me with two hands and my heart in an instant."

Kelly Kilmer (a double K herself) said "If I could go back in time, I would love to take a class with Corita Kent, aka Sister Corita. Her use of color, line, imagery and text resonate very deeply with me. I have her book (co-written with Jan Steward), Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit, and it has opened my eyes to the multitude of possibilities that exist in the world. It's all about learning to see and expressing what you see and feel."

Next 'Master Class' will be held on Sunday, January 22nd.


Jill Zaheer said...

Way to go for taking a class with the master K artists! Love seeing your selected artist's paintings along with your links. Again, so appreciative of the time and effort that goes into planning and pulling together this Master Class! Bravo!

marianne said...

thanks again seth for your work pulling this together. i love getting reacquainted with artists i know but haven't thought about recently and meeting others for the first time. the inspiration is endless.

Kelly Kilmer said...

Thank you, Seth, for all of your hard work, time and enthusiasm with this project!! The Altered Page is one of the best blogs around. You inspire, delight and amaze!

bockel24 said...

Klee would have been my second choice, and I´m surprised to see Kiefer in this survey ... what an interesting question this was!

ArtPropelled said...

Emily Karaka is a new artist for me.
I've been enjoying googling her work. Thanks Natasha and Seth.

Marit said...

My jaw dropped seeing the words/art of Corita Kent... never heard of her but am going to check it out right now! That's what you do with these blogposts Seth - inspire an entire artcommunity! THanks again, enjoy the Sunday!

bohemiannie! art said...

Seth...thank you so much for including me in your Master Class 6! I've admired Klee's work but hadn't seen/noticed it in years - and now I have a new hero!

mansuetude said...

wonderful, all.
Agree with Robyn, Emily Karaka is mesmerizing and new. So many layers speaking from one

on Kiefer it wouldn't be enough to take a class, but a year(s) lecture of his philosophical though; the layer of meaning in his work. Connective pulses to history, and culture and then self

Parabolic Muse said...

Oh Seth! So much amazing imagery. I am eager to get home (and off the small phone screen) and look at these new (to me) artists I'm seeing! (And no wondering love mbshaw's work)

Thanks for this series.

Lynn said...

So interesting to hear these remarks and see the art. I thank them all for sharing. fun seeing the ones I already knew and meeting new ones!

Maureen said...

Great post today. All of the artists speak articulately to what draws them to the masters. A delight to read.

nancy neva gagliano said...

so little i know!!!
and yes, to shayla...i'd take a class
from Mr. Apter, too!

La Poeta said...

Seth, this has nothing to do with your post. I'd like to know if you know where I can see the work of Judy Wilkenfeld these days, as her two blogs are not active.
Sorry to bother you, but I think you are in contact with a lot of artists and maybe know about her. Thank you.
Christina Trevino.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The week of the K's. I had no idea there were so many famous Ks until you started mentioning them. That's when I said Yes, yes, yes, and YES! Wonderful master class this week!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Cool series, so many inspiring artists, some I hadn't thought about in years.

Jessica said...

Another great post, and wonderful dream classes with wonderful artists!

Seth said...

Hey Christina (La Poeta) - I don't have your email so I cannot write you but if by chance you are reading this, please email me and I will be happy to answer your question. Seth

La Poeta said...

HI, Seth, thanks for answering.

I thought my e-mail address would show in your comments. I am not good at 'puter woks.