Building on my artistic practice, my course of study would focus on researching the influence of materials and technology on art; particularly its influence on the American Pop movement. I would look to the work of seminal East Coast artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenestein and Robert Rauschenberg paying particular attention to the concept of “over-looked”, “low brow”, or discarded materials as subject matter. Simultaneously, I would look at the West Coast Pop Movement—particularly, Ed Kienholz and Craig Kauffman–in which artists began salvaging materials and techniques that had previously been outside the high art canon. To take advantage of my current location, I will also look briefly at how this American movement influenced the Italian pop movement as embodied in the work of Mimmo Rotella and Enrico Baj and the “Scuola di Piazza del Popolo”.
To develop this course of study, I will use a variety of sources including the Getty Research Institute library in Los Angeles, CA, the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, museum research in Florence and Los Angeles, and interviews with practicing artists. I will develop concepts and create art work that supports and demonstrates the aesthetic value and social relevance of “ the over looked.” I will use current and developing media to update and explore the concept of discards and their acquisition and availability as medium. My ultimate goal will be to create an exhibition-ready portfolio of pieces. In addition to the body of work, I would also like to create a series of educational reference papers that I would be able to use in the future to develop courses that recreate my journey and discoveries.