Ox-Bow offers currently enrolled MFA students the opportunity to independently study at Ox-Bow over the winter session. Students have their own studio and can work on a project of their design, either in response to the specific environment of Ox-Bow, or to prepare for their thesis show.
This interdisciplinary class is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore the various ways stillness is inhabited, interpreted, or utilized. Embedded in Ox-Bow’s frozen landscape, participants have the space to escape our hyper-driven culture and reflect on both literal and metaphorical notions of stillness. Through readings, screenings, discussion, and lived-experiences, students are presented with ideas relating to static vs. stillness, waiting, observing, shock, stasis, perpetuation, and the temporal hiccup. Studio projects are relevant to the material covered and individually driven with consultation from the instructors.
The Orchestrated Accident: Slapstick in Painting
This multi-level class class will explore the relationships between humor and social critique and their roles in painting. From Shrigley to Rabelais to Kippenberger humor has historically been both a source and a strategy for artists. The purpose of this class is to create an environment that engages humor and critical thinking as methods in an individual’s studio practice. Students will experiment with a range of painting applications and consider how literature, film, and other media can inform their work. Multiple media can be engaged as students investigate structures of the joke in the sylvan context of Ox-Bow. This course is open to students from all disciplines.