Spring 2020

Color Meets Object

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-203


Carol W. Keller (Section 01)


What happens when a painted image escapes its rectangle and pushes out of illusionistic depth into the literal space of the room? How does it change a viewer’s understanding of sculptural form when the sculpture’s physical volumes have been optically flattened, heightened, or contradicted by the addition of color? In this course we will invite interaction between illusionistic and literal, tactile space to consider unique possibilities where the concerns of painting and sculpture merge. We will explore how each discipline can expand its scope with an amalgam of tactile and chromatic visual elements and experience. The semester will begin with a series of structured studio problems and with research into contemporary art practices that incorporate both color and tactile volume. We will also look into the wealth of historical precedents for these practices. This critical review and first-hand study of artworks, in conjunction with studio experimentation, will help each student determine the shape of an end-of-semester artwork or series of works. Readings, visiting artists, museum visits and a wide range of pertinent visual materials will supplement and inform our studio work.

Requisite: One prior studio course in painting or sculpture, or permission of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Spring Semester. Professor Keller.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to ARHA, FCAS, and FAMS majors, and to those attending the first class.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020