This course is designed for anyone with a willingness and desire to advance their own vision, whether it be abstraction, perception or imagination. At times participants will be challenged to examine and push the boundaries of their chosen discipline via composition. The ‘journey’ is the process, and it is expected that a participant will come with a willingness to experiment and to see the ‘process’ as the act, rather than looking for a final product. A variety of strategies will be explored. At times unorthodox tools and exercises will be introduced to broaden the participants’ vocabulary. It will discuss key issues, including those of scale, tiny to huge; the use of different formats; the use of the rectangle; the vertical axis and its significance; the compression of space and depth; space and its meaning; functions and the different kinds of space in abstraction. It will approach the meaning of the image. Students should expect to meet one-on-one with the instructor and at times group discussions and/or critiques.
Fran O’Neill received her BFA and post graduate studies from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; her MFA from Brooklyn College; and a certificate from New York Studio School. Solo exhibi- tions include those in: Life on Mars Gallery, Bushwick, NY; John Davis Gallery, NY; Perimeter Gallery, ME; New York Studio School, NY; and Sussex College, Hastings, UK. Her work has been included in various group shows throughout the United States and in Australia. Awards include the: Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, Hohenberg Travel Award, and Acker Award. She currently teaches at the New York Studio School, Arts Students League, and Pratt Institute.