Spring 2018 Topics 2D: Non-Fictional Drawing – Heide Fasnacht

Non-Fictional Drawing

Heide Fasnacht

Wednesdays 9 AM

PUFA 3220B


credit: Arakawa

In this course students will make a series of drawing-based works that will engage the logic of drawing as used in non-art fields.  We will look at this practice in everything from Choreography to Forensics. Here, the definition of drawing is an expanded one. Non-Fiction drawing implies just that: the elements of drawing used in an indexical way to reveal a reality. This is seen, for example, in maps, graphs, charts and anatomical drawings. Why is it that one person’s map is another person’s bias? Is there any direct relationship between a given reality and a specific form? The fun lies in the gap. This course will be devoted to an exploration of the uses of drawing in non art circumstances : mapping, graphing, and other graphic means of indexing information. We will learn how drawing can be used to reveal a reality otherwise not knowable.  We will also look at visual artists who engage such practices:, Alfred Jensen, Joelle Tuerlinckx, Mark Lombardi, Arakawa, Fred Wilson, among others. In addition, each student will undertake an investigation into a non art field in which an indexical form is utilized.  As we proceed and develop individual work based on findings, we will also call into question the inherent biases, and the verity of any given indexicality.

Since her first one-person show at P.S. 1 in 1979, Heide Fasnacht has exhibited worldwide. She has been in exhibitions at MOMA, The Aldrich Museum for Contemporary Art, RAM Galerie, Rotterdam, Galeria Trama in Barcelona, The Worcester Art Museum and many others. She is in many permanent collections including: the MFA Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, The Walker Art Center and the Yale University Art Gallery. Fasnacht is also the recipient of numerous awards, including The Guggenheim Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Gottlieb Foundation Grant, and two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowships. She has taught at Parsons, Harvard, Princeton, U Penn, UCLA, and others. Further visiting lectures include Yale, The Whitney Museum, RISD and VCU. Fasnacht has most recently exhibited large scale, works at Preview Berlin, Qbox Gallery and Art Athina in Athens Greece, Kent Gallery, Socrates Sculpture Park, Smack Mellon, and the American Academy of Arts & Letters in NYC.