27 August 2016
Participants will choose a person, an object or a phenomenon to whom or which they wish to pay homage, in a manner aesthetically comparable to votive images in churches, which bear intercessions and depict dire predicaments. So pictorial resources will be used to relate or glorify something in a readily comprehensible form, similarly to icons – a spiritual exaltation of what is depicted, with the intention of inspiring veneration, and of creating an existential link between viewer and object. Possible references might be Peter Blake, with his British pop-art homages to the Beatles and Elvis, or Elizabeth Peyton, with her iconographic portraits of Sid Vicious, David Bowie and Empress Sisi.
The course should end with a small informative exhibition, flanked by descriptions (possibly also sound recordings) designed both to provide details about the object/person and to encourage the viewer to take an interest in the subject.
You should recognise the artist's real enthusiasm for his object, that he wants to convey – ultimately, I'm happy to be convinced. (Tex Rubinowitz)
anyone interested in fine arts
EUR 700: regular fee
EUR 540: reduced fee for students
Send application for grants by 8 April 2016 here: www.summeracademy.at/grants