ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP:
The vivid exploration of Abstract Comics is sure to embolden you to the thrill of creating graphic dynamism through color, form and panel rhythm. Welcome to the revolutionary genre of our time that has captivated artists the world over and gained a significant worldwide audience.
In one day you will be presented with a history of abstract sequential art to current trends. I will introduce you to notables Andrei Molotiu, the Belgian Cobra Group and Spyros Horemis. Through anthologies on the subject, I offer you a veritable feast of creative individuals who have led the way to this ambiguous genre of our time.
You will join the ranks of the cutting edge pioneers by creating your own abstract comics. Whether a beginner or seasoned artist you will be all hands on board.
How exactly can one think about making an abstract comic?
Imagine an abstract form or an arrangement of forms. Draw this arrangement and give it some drama! Pop colors with sharp and dark outlines surely add high drama. Add another form in each panel. Or take that classic character, the blob, and watch it morph through the adventure you give it. Why can’t a triangle, empty thought bubble or cascade of loops have a vivid life independent of representational characters?
In a way, making an abstract comic is a translation and re-modeling of a composition into something formally exotic, structural or a hallucinatory gift of mischief. We specialize in transformation. Either through sequential or non-sequential abstract imagery, your tale will cohere into a personal narrative. You may reduce or alter the constraint of the panel grid. Graphic dynamism becomes un-tethered if you decide to loosen the barriers and thus create a story without borders. Whether spare or populated by crowded oddities, your creation will be a unique addition to the legendary trove of abstract comics.
We employ all tools and media. I will demonstrate unusual tools and wet and dry material combinations to suit your pleasure.
From European zine publishers to Japanese Manga comics to American graphic novels you will join the avant-garde to create a flash point of ambiguity where wittiness prevails.
Suitable for all levels; no experience necessary! Ages 19+
Saturday, December 9, 2023
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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*In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits in the painting studios. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scents of any kind. Learn more.
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Please note that for workshops lasting all day there is a one-hour break from twelve noon to one PM. Students are invited to bring lunch and eat at the school or may go to any of the local dining establishments. The school does not provide lunch or refreshments.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Meredith Rosiér creates drawings that reflect her examination of the interaction between exactitude and vagueness. So to sustain the apprehension of the picture plane and to slow the process of categorical recognition, she courts the dialogue of abstraction.
Rosier has studied drawing at Yale University School of Art, and was awarded a full scholarship for the Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. She was mentored by Jacob Landau until his death and by Irving Petlin of Paris, France. She was awarded residencies to The Winchester School of Art, Winchester, England; The Tangier American Legation Museum, Tangier, Morocco; The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont and The Lacoste School of Art, Lacoste Vaucluse, France.
Her work is exhibited internationally and is represented by Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY.
Her drawings reside in museum collections such as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Weatherspoon Art Museum (Dillard Collection of Art on Paper), Greensboro, North Carolina; Arkansas Museum of Art (Drawing Collection), Little Rock, Arkansas; Italian Consulate Collection, Italy; and The Tangier American Legation Museum, Tangier, Morocco. She is the Recipient of the Sally Jacobs/Phoebe Towbin Award, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock, New York.
Her curatorial expertise continues to add to the cultural conversation regarding Abstraction as she creates exhibitions near and far. To further her championship of abstract drawing, Rosier founded The Drawing Galaxy Website in 2009. Comprised of over 40 artists, this endeavor is dedicated to those who delve into abstraction as a primary language.
Her work has garnered numerous awards and in 2015, she was presented with The National Association of Women Artists Genius Award. In 2019, she won The National Award for Cutting Edge Artwork, New York City, New York.