Relative Artists/Work:

v Isa Genzken

v Robert Rauchenberg (combines)

v Haegue Yang

v “Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century” exhibition

v Cady Noland

v Haim Steinbach

v Dada and Neo-Dada movement

v Jon Kessler

v Mike Kelley

v Nari Ward

v David Hammons

v “Arte Povera” Movement

v Joseph Cornell

v “Surrealist” Movement



This assignment is an introduction to the methods of wood construction. You will create a wood structure that holds, displays, or creates a relationship to another object, image, or material. You might take a simple thing like a cinder block and create a wood structure that supports the object completely off the ground, or you might create a wood display for an object that separates it from its original context. Emphasis will be placed on the wood construction; you will be building the structure with a purpose. The construction is encouraged to be simple but it needs to be built with care and with the object it’s supporting or displaying in mind. There will be a demo of ways to cut and join wood at the beginning of this assignment. The  final sculpture must be bigger than 2’ on at least one side, it also must have at least 3 different types of joints involved in the construction i.e. you cant just duct tape or hot glue all the wood together. You can use the floor or wall for the installation of this piece.


• Choose an object, image, or material you would like to respond to and build your structure for.

• In your sketchbook make at least 5 drawings of possible constructions you think might achieve the above requirements. Be quick and loose with the drawings. Please mark the pages in your sketchbook with the assignment number.

• Make a quick model in cardboard or paper of one of your drawings as a material sketch. This model is a possible starting point for the wood construction. Bring the model to class for discussion. – Wood Joinery Basics -Dovetails Alex Da Corte

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Ginsberg_LouiseNevelson_e Louise-Nevelson-Crystal-Bridges  Haim Steinbach


Matthew Day Jackson


Rashid Johnson

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Phoebe Washburnwashburn

I don’t have to leave anymore
What I have is right here
Spend my nights and days before
Searching the world for what’s right here

Underneath and unexplored
Islands and cities I have looked
Here I saw
Something I couldn’t over look

I am yours now
So now I don’t ever have to leave
I’ve been found out
So now I’ll never explore

See what I’ve done
That bridge is on fire
Going back to where I’ve been
I’m froze by desire
No need to leave

Where would I be
IF this were to go under
It’s a risk I’d take
I’m froze by desire
As if a choice I’d make

I am yours now
So now I don’t ever have to leave
I’ve been found out
So now I’ll never explore

So now I’ll never explore

My interpretation of the video and what it means to me is the generalization of humanity when it comes to having power and status. I believe it’s about the elites controlling the slaves through their tactics of propaganda, materialism, and censorship. Our “masters” take great caution into making their purposes fulfilled in their agendas of mass destruction in their eyes- doing any means necessary. We as human beings are always unhappy- feeding an urge to relieve our work but we are only supporting corruption, mass environmental destruction and advancement.