December 6th, 2009: The students went to the galleries to view the Susan Rothenberg: Moving in Place exhibition and some of the permanent collection. Matthew Bourbon, our instructor, pointed out such works as Anselm Kiefer's Aschenblume, Agnes Martin's Leaf, and Ron Mueck's Untitled (Seated Woman) The students discussed how different artists interpret the world around them.
The students were given the choice to draw from Erick Swenson's Untitled or Ron Mueck's Untitled (Seated Woman). They practiced their drawing skills by zooming into a portion of either sculpture and drawing it as realistically as possible.
At the end of the class, Matthew asked each student to begin collecting images for their sketchbooks to create personal archives. They could use these sketchbooks to collect ideas for future projects.
December 13th, 2009: For this class session, Matthew introduced the idea of a "golem". A "golem" is a being comprised of inanimate objects. The students were asked to collage elements from images they collected, magazine clippings, and print-outs from the internet to create their "golems". The elements were projected and drawn onto large gessoed paper and then painted with acrylic.
A little bit about the Matthew Bourbon: "The San Francisco Bay Area is my orginal home. Having spent most of my youth in a city south of San Jose, I moved inland to the Sacramento valley where I earned separate undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Art History from the University of California at Davis. Studying with Wayne Thiebaud and Squeak Carnwath had a significant impact on the development of my art.
After graduating from UC Davis and a stint living in San Francisco, I relocated to New York City, where I earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts. Since then, my art has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Conduit Gallery, Crass Cruel and Uncouth, Dallas, Texas and Studio 107, True Fictions, Austin, Texas.
Currently I am an Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Texas. I am also a regular contributor to ArtForum Online, Flash Art, ArtNews, New York Arts Magazine and Artlies." http://www.matthewbourbon.com