Art Beyond Ego: Chance Operations and Daily Practices

  • San Diego Art Institute 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA, 92101 United States

Art Beyond Ego: Chance Operations and Daily Practices with Vabianna Santos
Wednesdays; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and June 7
Adults 18+
General: $125.00
Member: $100.00

This course will examine art making processes that allow certain aesthetic decisions to be made independent of the author’s will or as a part of a daily or meditative practice. Each week we will take as a model the process of a contemporary artist to complete a project. We will also discuss how ideas from mystic philosopher Alan Watts may be used to reinterpret the relationship between figure and ground in art-making and lessen the alienation that accompanies the experience of being human. Open to all skill levels, knowledge from other disciplines/ fields welcome.

Artists referenced: John Cage, Wolfgang Laib, Byron Kim, Richard Long, and Charles Gaines

Vabianna Santos is a Southern California-based artist whose work has been exhibited and performed nationally, showing at MOCA North Miami, Vox Populi and Headlands Center for the Arts. Her work has been reviewed in WhiteHot Magazine of Contemporary Art. She received an MFA from University of California San Diego (2013) and a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art (2007). She has attended residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2013), Yaddo- NY (2016) and was artist in residence at SDAI (2016). Her work has been described as terrifying, meditative, and utterly lucid. She manipulates sensory reactions through systems of display and seductive materiality. The work indulges in willful contradiction to construct refined visual paradoxes that question how we perform empathy and power.

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Image credit: Kenneth Martin, Chance & Order 16, 1973, oil on canvas