Wednesday, January 12, 2011

3D Pattern with Frank Stella

DISCUSSION: revisit Line and shape in discussion
Pattern and form
What is pattern?  What do we need to create pattern? 
Where do we see patterns in everyday life? clothing,      wallpaper
what do we need to make a pattern: repetition
Artist: Frank Stella 
Frank Stella (born May 12,1936
            An American painter and printmaker
He is a significant figure in minimalism and post-painterly abstraction.
He was born in Malden, Massachusetts
After attending high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts
he went on to Princeton University
where he painted, influenced by the abstract expressionism of Jackson Pollock 
Early visits to New York art galleries would prove to be an influence upon his artistic development. 
Stella moved to New York in 1958 after his graduation.
He is one the most well-regarded postwar American painters who still works today. Frank Stella has reinvented himself in consecutive bodies of work over the course of his five-decade career.
From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990’s the increasingly deep relief of Stella’s paintings gave way to full three- dimensionality, with sculptural forms derived from cones, pillars, French curves, waves, and decorative architectural elements. To create these works, the artist used collages or maquettes that were then enlarged and re-created with the aid of assistants, industrial metal cutters, and digital technologies.
Create a Frank Stella work using pattern and stapler
Step 1: draw lines to create large open scribbles with a sharpie marker (they should connect but be large
Step2:  fill in each of these large shapes with different patterns Circles, squares, lines, dots, repetition
Step3:  Cut out a strange shape from another piece of paper
Step4: fill in that shape with pattern
Step5: staple the shape onto your large work but allow it to pop out a bit
Step4: add three or five of these stapled shapes to have a finished work
Black Sharpie marker

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