Right click on the animated GIF above to download to your computer or phone. Among the many challenges our nation faces, the fact that our political discourse has become irreparably divisive and polarized is cause for alarm.
What does the 1983 colder blockbuster Wargames staring Matthew Broderick have to do with the “deskilled” art object and Conceptual art? What’s the relationship between Ponyhawked American Idol singer Sanjaya Malakar and art theorist Benjamin Buchloh’s “deskilled” art object? How did Marcel Duchamp’s simulations in his “lab” led to conceptual asymmetrical warfare in art? How […]
Most adults are openly hostile to real criticism, while most artists and designers exist in a professional bubble with little or no opportunity to engage in critique. Nearly all students in art and design design schools are subjected “correction” masquerading as legitimate critique. In this episode, Elliott Earls discusses the mechanics of art and design […]
Narcissism in art and design is a pervasive component of our contemporary cultural landscape.The allure of the self can be too powerful to resist for many artists and designers. Episode 12 provides you with a few critical tools for the next time you are forced to contend with this prickly beast. Harold Bloom’s book “Genius” […]
Cognitive Expressionism as an approach to both Art & Design is a statement of defiance in the face of institutionalized stupidity. What is institutionalized stupidity? What is Cognitive expressionism? How can you incorporate these things into your studio practice and stand up to the stupification of our culture? Episode 14 of Elliott Earls Studio Practice […]
This episode is a quick follow up to Episode 13’s discussion of the relationship between critical theory and making. Comments by Doctor Kobra and the designer Scott Klinker set the wheels in motion.
The trope of the starving artist is so thoroughly embedded in our cultural imagination that it is nearly impossible to see today’s art and design markets clearly. Reject the idea that you can’t be economically self-sufficient as a cultural producer. In this episode Elliott Earls discusses a few very specific strategies to help you create […]
Is there a necessary correlation between “sweat equity” (labor) and the way a work of art/design is perceived? What’s the relationship between time and the quality of a work? In what ways are direct forms of visual art and design problematic? Must work show evidence of “difficulty” of manufacture in its’ final form? In this episode […]
In this episode Elliott Earls looks to the historical models articulated by Chaim Potok and James Joyce to gain insight into culture making in 2016. Books referenced in this Episode: “My Name Is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok and “Portrait of The Artist As Young Man” by James Joyce.
In this episode of Studio Practice Elliott Earls provides a plan of action to destroy bad habits, synthesize new knowledge and take action in the studio. Special thanks ❤️ is in order to my frequent collaborator Joshua Ray Stephens who appears as Les Griffin along with the amazing Ries Straver (riesstraver on Instagram) in the brief […]
In this episode Elliott Earls gives suggestions for how to avoid working in the “cube farm.” He draws on the work of Detroit based designer Chris Schanck, Detroit born motivational speaker Dr. Eric Thomas and clothing designer Marc Ecko as examples. Elliott also gives away a signed, limited-edition print as a thank you to the […]