SECTION 1

Into the Deep

  
Artistic Reflections

David Jedlička

Department of Art Education, Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Painting of Students in the Period of Isolation

The painting medium as a classic and slow method, in contrast to new media, is characterized by necessity higher concentration on the painting process itself. The topic for a painting project is usually assigned as a semester work. In the past semester, students worked on works with the topic of Reality Construction.

 

They were invited to deal with the concept of reality as a separate fact that cannot be neutral for the subject. At the moment of an attempt to interpret reality, our knowledge, assumptions, as well as projections of one's own mental state apply. Painting as an attempt to reinterpret reality, which presupposes its own restrictions and limits, is probably not a linear optical perception, but rather resembles an interpretive collage, which is based on meaning-laden perceptions, memories, ideas.

 

Painterly realism thus finds itself in the field of researching the symbols and signs of the contemporary world, where the mediated information prevails over personal experience. In the current artistic context, the realistic conception of painting finds itself on the border between postmodernity and new surrealism. The period of coronavirus isolation set new conditions for creation. Unintentionally, the individual deviates from established stereotypes. The functional system, which, among other things, determines the place of an individual in society and defines his social role, is suddenly different. I would like to offer the results of the students' work as a pictorial presentation.

Noel Caban

Pratt Institute Center for Art, Design and Community Engagement, USA

Unmask. A Study of Pandemic Form.

Noel Caban © 2020

Last January, our school canceled classes, we went into quarantine. As the days and news dragged, ambulances screamed late into the night, Brooklyn and the Bronx were hard hit with Corona, as our spread and death counts soared.

 

I often thought about my students, their health, sanity, and what kinds of things were they making or not. If being quarantined was stressful for adults, I couldn’t imagine what kids in lockdown must be going through.

 

Then came the riots – so much distrust with the structural and racist systems in place. Shops boarded up. People marched day and night, the police and their helicopters took to the streets and air. Black Lives Matter, and so do Latino, indigenous, and the lives of countless others. The media cacophony was deafening as the collective we yelled, screamed, and raged against real and perceived social and political inequities. 

 

By July, New York’s death count stabilized. We made headway into a flattened curve, and so did our spirits in the wake of devastating loss. Against this backdrop, I was tasked to develop an online class curriculum for the Fall.

 

The work would also have to engage parents as supervisors. I accepted the challenge and ran with it, it's why I teach art. 

 

Soon, I will be teaching virtual classes, this time we will be building a city out of cardboard. As New York struggles with how to reactivate one of the largest school systems in the nation, my students will be busy building and making.

 

Over the trajectory of this pandemic, I've debated how can artists respond or create in the wake of so much pain and loss? How do we stay relevant and make work that isn’t about decorating living rooms or gallery walls? These are questions central to my art practice, as well as the use of the found, situated and discarded. 

Lenka Vilhelmová

Department of Art Education, Pedagogical Faculty, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic

 

Floating Islands   

An animated film called Floating Islands. This artistic realization heralded the coming year 2020, which began with tragic events in Australia, the fight against fires and ecological irreversible losses. Then came the bad news of the mysterious disease in Asia, today named Covid 19.

Anna Boček Ronovská

Department of Art Education, Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Art Projects during Coronavirus Time | Experimental Art, Body and Landscape Projects

The workshop was conceived as encounter of artists and students in order to enrich the experience of body perception with the art. Program offered an approach to somatic art and focused on deep immersion to the principles of mindfulness, but in motion and art. Accenting Covid 19 situation, climate changes and local problems was trying to inspire students to find a path leading to peaceful but conscious state through creative process.

Jitka Mikošková & Ondřej Moučka

Department of Art Education, Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Face Mask as a Symbol of our Times

The presentation reflects how face masks, compulsory in many countries during pandemic, have become a significant symbol and object of daily use during these times. It also focuses on the aesthetic dimension of wearing a face mask – as many artists (and also museums, galleries, institutions and activists) use it as a canvas, as an artistic expression. The authors of the presentation also contemplate on social topics connected to face masks.

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© 2020 by Czech Section of INSEA

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