Digital Memoir | Volume Two


The Second Particle: Art School Confidential 

Digital Memoir | Volume One

This essay is part of a series entitled: Digital Memoir, a four part retrospective culled from literacy sources, fine art practice and works on paper drawings created during art school.

September 8, 1997, on a warm, Saturday I took the number six train to Astor Place in New York City. The Cooper Union had a Saturday course for gifted art students and they had requested I appear for an interview. A highly selective program, they accepted only sixty candidates from a pool of nearly a thousand applicants.

I remember walking the streets of the East Village, lost in  translation within the carnival atmosphere of Saint Marks Place, among a sea of inspirational motifs. In this monumental place, my first impressions became everlasting inspiration; the tattoo parlors, Coney Island High, a famous underground death metal rock club and religious sex, a gothic boutique. With portfolio in hand, I arrived at Cooper Union hall on East Sixth Street.

Grimly eyeing the competition, I felt my chances were slim. Having come from a non-technical art high school with zero art budget, my portfolio consisted of DIY watercolor landscapes I had painted from photographs, a series of charcoal self-portraits and a dozen pen drawings. They called my number and I entered the Victorian interior of the art studio to display my work. MG, the director of the Saturday program spoke first. A fabulous creative type, she was passionate about supporting young talent.

“Where do you live, because these landscapes are highly detailed renditions?” MG asked.

inspired by the question I said with absolute confidence,
“These watercolor paintings are from observation, culled from photographs. 
 
In fact, I begin with a simple contour line drawing, followed by filling in the shapes with a wet on wet brush technique.”

The critique lasted around fifteen minutes. While I felt confident about my work, I thought at the time the kids ahead of me had better portfolios. I remember leaving with my hopes high and the desire to explore more of the East Village before heading uptown.

Two weeks after the portfolio critique, the assistant director of the program called via the telephone line and left a message.

David,” he said. “This is DB from Cooper Union, you have been accepted into the Saturday program and you are expected next Saturday at ten in the morning. You have two homework assignments. You are to draw a still life from observation and a self portrait.”

In retrospect, it was the Cooper Union Saturday program where if felt accepted for the first time in my life. I had witnessed the evolution of art within my own ecosystem, from a youngster doodling in academic gestures to its present, mature abstract form. At Cooper, the SAV art catalog I had discovered two years prior became a breathing reality. Additionally, it enabled me to expand from a DIY art portfolio into a professional venture. This monumental achievement led to an acceptance at Parsons in the fall of 1998, where I focused on fine art, graphic design, print making and philosophy.
The drawings on view, along each essay catalog is a monumental retrospective for the Author. In visual tone, the galleries  showcase a series of drawings created early on, in my youth and represent my version of Art School Confidential.

 

Before discovering the mature abstract works, I am currently developing and crafting for an upcoming online gallery exhibit project.
Analog Abstract Drawing on 12x16 panel by DSC

Tittle:”Mental Processes” Analog Abstract Drawing on 12×16 panel by DSC-2015

Beginning years at Parsons ( 1998-2002 ), the art studies became very technical and academic. The understanding of how to make art within a larger historical framework, critiques, papers, art history, social sciences and liberal arts were a daily requirement. The result became a broad visual spectrum along with a master’s thesis exhibition featuring drawings, paintings, sculpture, installation art and prints. Emboldened by knowledge, the fine-tuning of practice gave confidence to my art. The language of those earlier days of conceptual academics, using linear expressionism on paper, had now ruled out detail and the focus became on the process and objects.

The time spent at Parsons was a learning curve. Amid the studious discipline of art school, I was on the road to discovering my place in the cosmos. The work back then reflected an array of ideas with no singular perspective. With the many influences, a juggling act ensued, one to difficult to handle within the confines of art history. The film, Art school confidential, became a favorite. It resonated through many artists of my generation. It meant we could choose who we wanted to become, post-graduation, without having to explain ourselves.

In retrospect, it was the Cooper Union Saturday program where if felt accepted for the first time in my life. I had witnessed the evolution of art within my own ecosystem, from a youngster doodling in academic gestures to its present, mature abstract form. At Cooper, the SAV art catalog I had discovered two years prior became a breathing reality. Additionally, it enabled me to expand from a DIY art portfolio into a professional venture. This monumental achievement led to an acceptance at Parsons in the fall of 1998.

 Works On Paper

Galleries

Lines, Shapes & Visual Color Drawings,

These works on paper drawings where executed between 1998-2002 by the artist DSC. They represent a turning point in his search beyond painting to strike a tone of originality in his work. Go see Art School Confidential for further details on how to understand the artist mind.  The drawings themselves are a recollection between abstraction and figuration within a range of mix media allegorical motifs.

 


Contemporary Art Exhibition

Linear Forms effused in Liquid Magma

These small works are a study from a series of sketch books, based on studies for large scale studio paintings. Executed between 1998-2002, just before completing studies at Parsons in Fine Arts.

 


Studies For Abstract Painting

 


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3 comments

  1. Brilliant artwork!

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