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Chuck Close. UNIT 1: IDENTITY LTC 4240: Art for Children Presentation by Mary Franco and Amber Ward. Charles Osgood interview with Chuck Close (4:07) Artist Chuck Close writes note to younger self (8:08) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Chuck Close

Chuck CloseUNIT 1: IDENTITYLTC 4240: Art for Children

Presentation by Mary Franco and Amber Ward

Artist Chuck Close writes note to younger self (8:08) Osgood interview with Chuck Close (4:07)

I was dumb, a shirker, lazy; my mind wandered.This was written on my report cards.

Chuck CloseBig Self-Portrait Chuck Close19671968acrylic on canvasIMPOSED IDENTITYone of the most recognized artists of our era(who just happens to have a few disabilities.)

With hard work and determination, Close assumed a new IDENTITY

Chuck Closes work is aboutIDENTITY

By creating monumentalhyperrealistic portraits,Close captures the models unique identifying marks that distinguish her from all others.

Leslie, 1973Chuck CloseCloses mark-making impactsPerceived IDENTITY of the model

multiples of friend, Composer Phillip GlassClose has portrayed Glasss face more than any other, recycling a 1968 image of the composer 150 times or something (Comita citing Close, 2007)

Chuck Close, Zhang Huan I, 2008Chuck Close, Fanny/Fingerpainting, 1985

Chuck Close, Georgia, 1984Pulp Paper Collage

Chuck Close, Lucas, 1987 His marks, methods, and materials evoke different feelings about each models IDENTITYI think problem-solving is highly overrated. Problem CREATION is much more interesting. If you want to react personally, you have to move away from other peoples ideas. You have to back yourself into your own corner where no one elses solutions apply and ask yourself to behave as an individual.

(Greenberg & Jordan citing Close, 1998)

Chuck Close meets Walt Disney:Marks, Multiples, and MaterialsLTC 4240: Art for ChildrenSpring Semester 2013Lesson Created by Olivia Gude

Into the Complex Characters of DisneyBegin on page 2Consider two Disney characters that, for some reason, appeal to you: one protagonist and one antagonistWrite the two names on the provided blanksList traits of each character in the 2nd column. Conduct research on the web, if necessary (try the first column, rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 5 for each row based upon similar traits (be honest)Compete the last column for each character by providing evidence of similaritiesFind the average of both the protagonist and the antagonistWhat did you find? Any surprises?Consider which character(s) you would like to honor, and continue the discovery process through artmakingIf necessary, complete the exercise again using additional characters on page 1

ArtmakingUsing marks, multiples, and materials, create a painting and/or drawing representing your multifaceted identity. Consider utilizing layering and juxtaposition to assist you in honoring the unique identifying marks that distinguish you from all others. Please experiment with several of the following materials: Disney character pages, photos, tracing paper, construction paper, scissors, adhesive, crayon, and/or watercolors.Student work:

Never let anyone define what you are capable of by using parameters that dont apply to you.

Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get up and go to work.

Sign on to a process and see where it takes you.

If youre overwhelmed by the size of a problem, break it down Into mini bite-sized pieces.Words of Wisdom from Chuck CloseReferencesGreenberg, J., & Jordan, S. (1998). Chuck Close, Upclose. New York, NY: DK.

Osgood, C. (2010, February 21). [Video interview]. CBS Sunday Morning.Retrieved from

Rose, C. (2012, April 10). Note to self: Artist Chuck Closes advise to younger self. CBS This Morning. Retrieved from Resources various kinds of graph paper for free on your own printer.

A Musical Portrait of Chuck Close by Phillip Glass