Combining opposites: exploring alternative painting techniques

Weekend-long practical course

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  • 28 October 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 29 October 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’

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Jasper Johns, Flag, 1958.

Encaustic on canvas. 104.4 x 153.7 cm. © Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London 2017. Photo: Jamie Stukenberg © The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, 2017.

Artist and Print Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools Leigh Clarke will lead a practical course inspired by the works of Jasper Johns. Taking influence from Johns’s multi-media method of painting, participants will create works that cross-process printmaking, collage, stencilling and painting.

Jasper Johns’s infamous painting Flag, 1954-1955, remains one of the most iconic Pop Art paintings of its time. During this period, Johns took influence from the Dada movement and began making paintings that included everyday objects and materials. This mixed media approach to painting allowed him to incorporate lithography, intaglio and relief on to the surface of his works.

Johns was also interested in symbols, and often made works using maps, targets, letters and numbers. These layered works would sometimes employ stencils and would evoke meaning from the simplest of forms. Johns was open to collaboration and worked alongside the artist Robert Rauschenberg, the choreographer Merce Cunningham, the playwright Samuel Becket and the composer John Cage. This openness to new ideas led Johns to become a major pioneer of contemporary art in America and was opposed to the isolated practices of the Abstract Expressionists. This multi-disciplinary practice and celebration of the avant-garde formed the foundations for the colourful, experimental and inventive works that can be found in the Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ exhibition.

During this weekend-long course, artist Leigh Clarke will introduce participants to alternative methods of making paintings. In the spirit of Johns’s work, Leigh will demonstrate how to create opposites and contradictions in making artworks by juxtaposing translucencies and opacities, flat colour plains alongside gestural marks, coarse against smooth surfaces, and readable symbols with abstract marks. Participants will work with a range of media, including canvas, paper, collage, print, acrylic paint and stencils.

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  • 28 October 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 29 October 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Learning Studio, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£420. Includes all materials, lunch and wine reception at the end of the second day.

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