Spring 2018 X-Studio: Narrative Machines – Anthony Graves

Narrative Machines

Anthony Graves

Wednesdays 9 AM

PSAM 3703A

image credit: Guy de Cointet “My Father’s Diary,” 1975, performer Mary Anne Duganne Glicksman, courtesy Air de Paris, 2008.

Narrative Machines is a multi-disciplianary studio (2D/3D/4D) class that will engage with with ideas about narrative and storytelling. How can artworks support, appropriate, translate, cite, reference, influence, or otherwise flirt with narrative effects? Though it is common for artworks to elicit narrative and discursive interpretations of their constituent parts and the operations they perform, this course proposes to think through artistic gestures that intentionally take up the form of narrative systems and structures. Exploring the strategies artists use to move from texts to images and objects, we will use these methods to create artworks that respond to and generate narrative in a range of media. Students will be presented with a range of materials and techniques to explore. Beginning with drawing, diagramming, and notational systems, we will experiment with techniques for translating from the page to objects, assemblages, and installations. In the course we will explore these material options along with ideas of theatricality, performative objects, fictional and para-fictional approaches to meaning and making. Course readings and assignments will draw from a variety of narrative sources including selections from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, the parables of Franz Kafka, and the science fiction of Octavia Butler, and William Gibson, along with genre-bending poetic writings by Roger Caillois, Anne Carson, and Maggie Nelson among others. We will draw from artists Gustav Klutsis, Öyvinde Fahlström, Guy de Cointet, Hélio Oiticica, and Group Material, along with more recent approaches such as those of Renée Green, Charles Gaines, Walid Raad, Mark Dion, Liam Gillick, Harry Dodge, and Chto Delat. These historical precursors in art from Constructivism to Conceptual Art, and other seminal genre moments will underpin an exploration of today’s artistic strategies for combining and translating narrative to object.

Anthony Graves received his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2003) and his MFA from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University (2009). From 2004–5 Graves was a fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program. Graves works under the name Camel Collective and has exhibited at venues including Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2017); REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles (2015); Trienal de Artes Frestas, Sesc, Sorocaba, Brazil (2015); the Bard Hessel Museum, Annendale-on-Hudson, New York (2014); Casa del Lago, Mexico City (2013); Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan, Puerto Rico (2012); Mass MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2011); and Aarhus Kunsthalle, Denmark (2010). Camel has also exhibited works at Artist’s Space, Art in General, Exit Art, and SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen. Grants and awards include The Jumex Foundation (2017 & 2013), Rema Hort Mann Award (2015), Statens Kunstrad, Danish Arts Council (2012). Graves has been artist in residence at Fieldwork Marfa (2013), DIVA residency, Copenhagen (2010) and the LMCC (2006). He is currently artist-in-residence at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn and will be in residence at Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico in the Spring of 2018.