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Stuart Shils - The Structure of the Visual Moment
May 16 - 19, 2019Medium: Drawing, Painting, CollageLevel: Intermediate to Masters
"THE STRUCTURE OF THE VISUAL MOMENT"
This 3-day outdoor workshop held in the town space of Snow Hill, will focus on essential pictorial issues related to the interior thought structure of painting and will also provide a heavy dose of engagement with drawing as the thought engine behind all visual consideration. Drawing will be explored by way of pencil, collage, working with polka dots and with string to challenge preconceived notions of what is right and wrong.
Our primary questions and concerns are ones of "form" and not to reinforce any ideas about what sells in galleries or even what a "landscape painting is supposed to be, as much as what a painting can be or needs to be in terms of it's structure and design. Color is a major element of all visual conversation and will be on the front burner here.
Questions we ask ourselves in front of the landscape put focus on what attracts us and what holds us, "What are the attractors and what are the holders?" The answers to those questions are then built into how we go about making a painting in the first place and how we responsively organize the layering of our visual thinking.
These three days are focused on asking questions and recognizing that our answers come from inside the questions and that the critical dialogue between question and response is really the midwife of the painting. .
AS DEGAS REMINDED US MANY YEARS AGO:
I must impress upon myself that I know nothing at all, for that is the only way to make progress.
Stuart Shils has painted outside or looking through windows for 30 years. Now he works in the studio, but with an eye tuned to the city’s many faces, often through the camera oriPhone lens. Over time his work has been presented in solo shows in NYC, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Boston, Scottsdale, Stuttgart, LA, Richmond, San Francisco and Cork (Ireland
Critical review and commentary has appeared in newspapers, journals and magazines, including: The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem Post, artcritical.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, The Philadelphia Inquirer, TheIrish Times, Art in America, The New Republic, The New Criterion, Art New England, American Artist and The Hudson Review
He was an annual visiting critic at the Vermont Studio Center for 13 years and also teaches painting and is a weekly critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Beginning in 1994 he spent 13 summers working on the northwest coast of Ireland, an extended painting campaign described in the PBS film documentary, Ballycastle.
He can always be found with a camera in one pocket and a pencil in the other and his photographs are presented in the recent publication, because I have no interest in those questions, with an essay by David Cohen.
Thursday, May 16
Travel to Snow Hill
6:00 pm - Opening Wine Reception, Stuart Shils Lecture; Firehouse Studio.
Friday, May 17
8:30 am - 4:30(ish) pm - Workshop in Firehouse Downstairs Studio.
Saturday, May 18
9:00 am - 4:30(ish) pm - Workshop in Firehouse Downstairs Studio
Sunday, May 19
9:00 am - 3:30 pm - Workshop, lunch, wrap up session
3:30 pm - clean up, pack up, depart
Housing in Nearby Berlin
The Atlantic Hotel
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