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.
A close look at the machining of one of Elliott Earls’ limited edition objects provides the background for a discussion of how critical theory relates to practice. In this episode Elliott provides a suggestion for helping you move your studio practice to a more contemporary space. This episode also features Joshua Ray Stephens as the Unholy […]
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 […]
I’m experimenting with the idea of “.5” Episodes (8.5, 10.5 etc…). A “.5” episode will be lighter and primarily concerned with what’s happening around the studio. These episodes will be much shorter and more VLOG style. It’s an experiment to try to tune the channel. Episode 10.5 is now live, it’s concerned with the Leelanau Peninsula, […]
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 […]
Episode 8 of Studio Practice deals with the issues of which we must not speak. Friedrich Nietzsche, Scientology, Aesop Rock and Reviews at Cranbrook Academy of Art are topics of discussion. Don’t be afraid to post to the comment section. Notes on the episode: Thus Spake Zarathustra http://www.amazon.com/Spake-Zarathustra-Dover-Thrift-Editions/dp/0486406636
Episode 7 of “Studio Practice.” In this episode Elliott Earls offers suggestions on how to learn from the critique process, shows an example of integrating family into a studio practice, discusses the benefits of failure. This episode features break dancing (isolations) and Elliott’s talk at The Drawing Center in New York. Episode Notes: David Bohm […]
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 […]