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Mark Van Yetter

Form as foundation
17.07.2017 – 29.07.2017

  • Untitled, 2011, oil on paper 36 x 48 cm, Courtesy Mark Van Yetter und VIVII Gallery, Oslo
    Portrait photo: Konrad Lippert
    Medium/Media: Painting, drawing
    Location: Festung Hohensalzburg

    Media: Painting, drawing
    Location: Hohensalzburg Fortress
    Language: English
    What to bring: A portfolio of previous works, a digital file is fine. Basic materials for painting and drawing. Generally students should bring the materials they are familiar with in their practice.
    Requirements: Basic grasp of English
    Maximum number of participants: 20–25
    Co-teacher: Sophia Mairer
    Participation fee: € 700.– (€ 540.–)


    This course will explore formal decision-making in painting as a way to create meaning in an artwork. In what ways can form, line, composition, depth and colour impede, undermine or reinforce how the work might be interpreted? In what ways can these fundamentals of image-making be utilised to convey a message, emotion or concept? How does the manner of representation in a painting allow the subject represented to assume different and more profound meaning?

    The course will centre on these questions, the main objective being each artist's/student's individual creative concerns. The focus will be on discovering how the essential aspects of painting and drawing might create greater meaning within each individual artist's practice.

    For this reason, participants will be encouraged to use the majority of the time developing their current technique and interests, with one-on-one discussions being the primary manner to address concerns and questions relating to each artist's unique approach. In addition, the course will include a series of exercises relating to formal problem-solving; these might be better understood as a springboard for thinking of painting and drawing in broader terms, both orphically and conceptually.