Published on Sep 14, 2014

Weeks 2- 4: Studio Assignment I- Chimera

chi·me·ra   [ki-meer-uh, kahy-] noun, plural –ras
1. (often initial capital letter) a mythological, fire-breathing monster, commonly represented with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail.
2. any similarly grotesque monster having disparate parts, esp. as depicted in decorative art.
3. a horrible or unreal creature of the imagination; a vain or idle fancy: He is far different from the chimera your fears have made of him.
4. Genetics . an organism composed of two or more genetically distinct tissues, as an organism that is partly male and partly female, or an artificially produced individual having tissues of several species.

For this assignment, you are to consider the piece you initially introduced yourself to the class with. Using the same subject, medium, and/or format, you are to combine your introduction piece with a work currently on view as part of the slew of new exhibitions that open Friday, September 4. Do you combine it with a work that resonates and extends your practice? Or would it be more interesting/arresting/visually compelling to combine your work it with a piece that completely clashes with all of the values present in your work? As you wander the openings tonight (or experience the work more quietly at some point on Saturday, September 6), keep an “eye” out for a strong, visceral/emotional reaction in yourself.

Note: Galleries are usually closed Sunday and Monday, and are often shut Tuesday, too. If you can’t attend openings Friday or do a quiet walk Saturday, please figure out when you are going to view the work!

Once you’ve identified your chimerical “other” piece, your first task is to replicate that piece as closely as possible. Galleries generally allow photography, while Museums do not.
-take a photograph of the piece if possible
-be sure to note title, date, and medium of the piece – “Resisting” – Miguel A. Del Real – Acryllic Canvas – Studio 343
-get a postcard from the exhibition to share with the class
-Using the same media and scale, copy the piece. If it is not possible to make
an exact replica of the work, approximate as closely as you know how with material/s
that are more readily accessible/available to you.
Craftsmanship and faithfulness to the original are important!
-Photograph your copy before altering it.
-Combine this piece with your introduction piece. It is not necessary to use your original intro piece; you may also re-create/alter your own piece, creating a second version just for the Chimera assignment.
Your Chimera is due in Class on Monday, September 15

School of the Art Institute of Chicago