What I Teach Besides the Subject

April 7th, 2005 · 2 Comments · 2004 - 2012 Sketchbook, Education

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1. Appreciate history & theory
2. Know your interests
3. Fight!
4. See through media
5. Manage your confidence

Seeing through the media means understanding how all media share elements — a common language connecting all fields. Submersion in one field is impossible without understanding adjacent, overlapping fields. Drawing not only shares a vocabulary with painting, but with sculpture, psychology, performance, badminton, writing, math, interface design, et-cetera. Artists remove category walls.

One of the most powerful tools is this question: “Who do think would know the answer to that?” Ask this question to people who don’t know the answer. Fire-bomb dead-ends.

Category: 2004 - 2012 Sketchbook · Education

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  • Zeke

    Howdy!
    Apologies in advance for being obtuse – but I’d love to see what you think drawing shares with badminton…

  • Murray

    Zeke,
    I love connections between art and sports. Some of the best photography in the newspaper is in the sports section. Agile football players focus on their concrete goal with the same economy as Frank Stella.
    I think I chose badminton as the sport example because it made me laugh.
    However, I once curated a show in racquetball courts — every artist got a gorgeous glass-fronted court — that explored the tension of a racquetball game: players simultaneously competing and cooperating. What do you think?
    Murray

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