Spring 2018 X-Studio: Cheap Materials: The Artist As Writer – Ariel Goldberg

Cheap Materials: The Artist As Writer

Ariel Goldberg

Thursdays 3:50 PM

PSAM 3701 A

Theresa Hak, Kyung Cha, “Repetitive Pattern,” 1975

Writing›››››› and image making are at a point of potential interchangeability, where both are tools for utilitarian communication and artistic forms. We will enact the historic and contemporary overlap between images and text by crafting writing for visual art projects. We will build strong texts as the basis for interdisciplinary projects ranging in medium from performance to broadsides. Our weekly assignments and readings will revolve around the following forms of text: correspondence, captions & comment sections, public readings, pamphlets, protest signs, archives, guidebooks, and slideshows. What are the methodologies for text being a primary medium in an artists practice in the hyper-literacy of screen life? You will craft voice and content across genres of prose, poetry, and criticism to best apply text to your visual art projects. We will draw on the vast resource of poetry readings at local institutions in New York City as well as contemporary artists publishing zines alongside exhibitions. Artist/writers we will study for models of textual practice in art include: Alexandra Bell, Berenice Abbott & Elizabeth McCausland, Sondra Perry, Katherine Hubbard, Sable Elyse Smith, Manuel Arturo Abreu, Fran Lebowitz, Teju Cole, Wolfgang Tillmans, Hilton Als, CA Conrad, and Bernadette Mayer—among many more.

Ariel Goldberg’s publications include The Estrangement Principle (Nightboat Books, 2016) and The Photographer (Roof Books, 2015). Goldberg’s work has been supported by the New York Public Library, the Franklin Furnace Fund, SOMA in Mexico City, and Smith College. From 2014-2017, they organized readings at The Poetry Project. Goldberg currently teaches at Pratt Institute and Parsons, The New School. They are working on their next book, Heavy Equipment: Prophetic Gestures in Photography’s Recent Past.