The end of the 2014–2015 program was marked by the annual T/AP exhibition at Gallery 414 in Fort Worth, with a robust turnout of family and friends at the opening reception. The art was elegantly curated and installed, displaying highlights from our months of hard work with a remarkable and varied roster of artists as teachers. For the duration of the exhibition, students and interns operated open hours for the gallery, continuing to have conversations about their work and experiences from the Teen/Artist Project.
This week, we visited galleries and museums in the Dallas Arts District. We began at Zhulong Gallery, a new media gallery exhibiting photographs and videos of Rhizome founder Mark Tribe. We also visited exhibitions at Photographs Do Not Bend, the Dallas Contemporary, and Cydonia.
It was an exciting day for the Teen/Artist Project due to a rare opportunity to visit The Warehouse, a private collection space in Dallas. Thomas Feulmer, the curator of education, led a tour of the exhibition Geometries On and Off the Grid: Art from 1950 to the Present.
Margaret Meehan is the final Teen/Artist Project instructor of the 2014–2015 program. Margaret received her MFA from the University of Washington, and her work deals with images of feral behavior, medical anomalies, and barren landscapes. Innocence collides with the monstrous as her work questions constructions of race, gender, and the erasure of cultural memory.
Our final class with Shelby David Meier continued with the theme of conceptual instruction games. Students were assigned to teams to create games for the entire class to play. The activities included scavenger hunts, selfies, videos, and even drawings.
For our third session with Shelby David Meier, the students played a conceptual game created by the artist. To set the tone, the class watched videos by the artist Koki Tanaka highlighting problems that emerge with group collaboration. The game was separated into four parts: accuracy, listing, drawing, and creating. A piece of white paper was divided into quadrants, and each quadrant represented a distinct game. The class was split into two teams in order to promote competition. The result was a visual collection of diverse components, including drawings, numbers, and even spit wads.
Last week, T/AP students executed a list of instructions created by artist Shelby David Meier in a project influenced by conceptual work in the Modern’s collection. Their homework was to come up with their own instructions for their peers to execute. In class, Shelby presented an interview with seminal conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner to provide inspiration and context. It was exciting to see how detailed and complex some of the students’ directions became. Some relied on a list to become a drawing, while others relied on a drawing to become a list.
This week the teens were introduced to Shelby David Meier, the artist who will lead the program for the next four classes. Shelby is a recent graduate of TCU and currently based in Fort Worth. He started the class with an introduction to his life and work. He is a conceptual sculptor and was a collaborator in the Fort Worth–based artist collective Homecoming Committee.
T/AP’s fifth visiting artist is Brooklyn- and Dallas-based painter, educator, and writer Michelle Mackey. She is a very accomplished artist with a wide perspective.
Today began in the classroom where students were immediately given a sixteen-by-twenty-inch wooden panel. Students were supplied with a variety of shades of yellow paint and large brushes and were asked to paint a wash over the entire panel.
This week, the Teen/Artist Project was visited by Dallas-based Arthur Peña.
Our fourth and final day with Carlos Donjuan was a very special one. After experiencing the surprising effects of Kenny Scharf’s “Karbombz!” on several people’s vehicles when the artist was in town in October, the teens realized the potential of adorning everyday objects with creative expression—creating a work of art that interacts with the real world.
This week, Carlos began class with a presentation in the lecture room. The focus of his talk was the work of his collective, SOUR GRAPES. Over the last couple of years, Carlos and the SOUR GRAPES crew have been awarded the opportunity to paint several large-scale public murals in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
This week, the teens were introduced to artist, professor, and SOUR GRAPES member Carlos Donjuan, who will work with the students for the next four classes. Carlos lives in Dallas and teaches at the University of Texas at Arlington. His work has been shown locally, nationally, and internationally, and it is an honor to have him as our visiting artist this season.
This week was our last class with visiting artist Randy Guthmiller. He has been such a great instructor for us as his energy is high, he is well informed about the works in the collection, and he is a lot of fun!
Class began with the students cutting their drawn shape from last class out of pink insulation foam. Randy made sure to demonstrate proper technique before the students used their box cutters.