Information / Explanation

Tangent / Tangent is a collaboration with the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Will Work for Good and 22 students at North Brunswick High School in NJ; and is exhibited as part of the BCIE Annual Exhibition at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University) December 17, 2008 to January 23, 2009.
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Tangent Tangent introduces instruction and random outcome into the creative process as a way to move students out of their own comfort zones and discover new sources of inspiration.
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Each student was asked to pick two sources of inspiration/influence in their art. Using wikipedia, they searched this pair of words and followed any available links, taking them 9 degrees away from the originals to two unpredictable and unexpected ideas.
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From there, students were asked to construct an independent work/model based on the final two ideas they arrived at. The challenge was to take the results and use that pair of words as inspiration for both the subject and materials for the project. This approach required students to consider new methods and concepts for creating art.
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The work — presented as 22 12x40 posters of the student research and 22 12x12 photo documents of the final objects — takes the position of “art is research” and offers itself as the beginnings of larger ideas/possibilities for these students.