Over 100 years since abstract painting emerged, how can one hope to innovate; to avoid repetition? The perspective in this class is that through deeper engagement with visual structures and meaning in one’s own work and in the art of the past, we might discover ways forward. Working with each student’s goals, experience and artistic influences, students will develop skills in becoming both more experimental and analytical in response to their own and other works of art. Projects will encourage new ways to consider color, form, scale, pictorial forces and structure and will encourage personal experimentation in developing an increasingly vital painting process.
Jill Nathanson is an abstract painter working with a focus on color relations, exploring color and color energies as the basis of her paintings. She works towards expanding the formal and affective range of abstract color painting. She also has an ongoing connection to drawing from observation and to the study of abstract visual forces in a wide ranging of visual art forms. She holds a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from Hunter College. Her work is represented by Berry Campbell Gallery, New York. Public collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, The Telfair Museum, Savannah, Ga, the Sheldon Museum, Lincoln, NE and the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia SC. Her work was included in Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction at MOCA, Jacksonville, (2016) which focused on new directions and experimental painting techniques in Contemporary Abstract Painting.