2009-06-01-RTirrellTalbot-Linnea[1]Led by Linnea Spransy

Linnea Spransy received her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 1998, and her MFA from Yale University in 2001, and now lives in Kansas City, MO, where she leads and lives within the artist community at the Boiler Room. Her pieces are generated using particular systems and rules based on her interests in science, philosophy, theology, and quantum physics. Her work has been exhibited in collections and galleries throughout the United States as well as internationally. She’s recently been featured and interviewed in Current and Relevant magazines. She writes, “I am interested in limits, specifically, in their ability to generate surprise, even freedom.” Visit her website to learn more.


Class Description

While we are a part of the natural world we’re immersed in, we as humans are nevertheless given the unique ability to interrogate our world–and ourselves. Among other things, this powerful urge to understand has compelled the development of both science and art as means of comprehending and communicating what is real. These two disciplines use different tools: the scientific method to verify what is concrete and empirical; and aesthetic tactics to offer provoking, emotive, or spiritual experience. These two streams of cultural output have often balanced our relationship with the natural world.


With the explosive advance of science and technology in contemporary life, the authority of interior and aesthetic experience as real and valid often finds itself in competition with bold, irrefutable empiricism. In this class, we will survey the work of artists who have attempted to synthesize or re-synthesize the arts and science–both necessary to discern what is real. From those examples–both historic and contemporary–we will attempt to extract effective strategies for establishing rapport between aesthetic and scientific realities in the work generated during class.


The painting workshop is a hands-on class. We will use diverse materials (paper, pen ink, acrylic, etc.), outdoor investigations, historical survey, and observations from class members to produce work that uses both science and all the powers of art to describe what is real, and ultimately, worthwhile.


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