Monthly Archives: November 2014

Tyrone’s Thesis Abstract

Our fellow classmate Tyrone submitted a great Thesis Abstract early on in the course and has allowed me to share it with you all. This is a helpful guide to reference.

Tyrone Santana Copeland

Thesis Abstract Draft

September 30, 2014

Description of Work

  • Core essence (underlining theme) understanding of the human spirit and mind, use of story telling and movement
  • Expressed in two distinct styles; traditional and non traditional use of the photographic process
  • Traditional – documentary photography and portraits
  • Non Traditional – the camera as a component of the creative process, abstracted photos, constructed/deconstructed repeat, play on the edge of what is considered photography
  • Play from digital space to print to physical space (installation)

Detail your work

  • Fascination with the story, we learn through process, emulate the experience with still images
  • Documentary work, to tell a personal story while highlighting the similarities people from various backgrounds encounter
  • Poetry in the image, plays on two levels (with and without context)
  • Abstract work (graphic work, mental play) similar to an abstract painting or poem – “I’m not sure what’s going one but I like it and this is what I see.”

Detail your process of how you make work

  • The idea and the way it will look in the end (work backwards, knowing the ending first, then fill in the gaps)
  • Past, wanted home run in the first try, now understand the process is slow and dirty, embrace the idea of mistakes and incorporation of other ideas in the mix

Materials and how they evolved and changed.

  • Start in film
  • Digital shift
  • Inherent differences and similarities, how they effect the shooting process/style
  • Images living in the digital space, slow move to printed image (experience with scale / mounting)
  • Importance of images living in the physical world

What motivates your work?

  • Other people’s work, attracted to creativity
  • Injustice, Conflict, Misunderstandings
  • The way I feel the world should be, changing a persons idea of the world happens on multiple fronts, art is my front
  • The idea that something can go from a thought to reality
  • Crazy random ideas that pop up in my head and I think “wouldn’t it be cool?”

Our Campus Writing Resource!

This coming Tuesday 11/25/14 we will have a Thesis / Research paper draft editing workshop. Please print and bring 2 copies of your draft to class.

I want to make you all aware that we have a fantastic writing center on campus. It is located on second floor in the Humanities Building. You can visit them and make an appointment or you can call them to do so here – 516-299-2732.

I strongly suggest that you schedule an appointment with the writing center before submitting your final paper to me this semester.


Guest Artist Reactions


On Tuesday 11/18/14 conceptual NYC Artist Martynka Wawrzyniak was our guest in professor Ryan Seslow’s MFA / MA ART 550 Art Criticism for Artists class. Martynka gave a presentation of her current work, discussed the works of each student and shared insight on being an artist. Please share your reactions on the presentation. You can also share your feelings on the critique that you received about the selected work that you brought to class.

Please post your reactions on this page –>

Class Info & Guest Artist on Tuesday 11/18/14



Our guest artist will arrive and begin their presentation at 5pm. Please be on time! The presentation will last for 1 hour followed by a Q & A session.

All students will bring in one piece of current work to display and discuss with our guest.

This class is mandatory!

** Keep in mind, next week 11/25 the first draft of your thesis / research paper is due. You will bring two printed copies to class. This will be an in class writing and editing session.

Class info for 11/3/14

Dear Class,

There have been a few syllabus changes for the next 2 class sessions. Please update your calendars.

11/4 – In class writing exercises. We will be exploring a few short in class reactive writing exercises. Bring your lap top to class or work on the computers in the classroom. Content will be provided by the professor.

 11/11 – No Classes. Veterans day.

 11/18 – Guest Artist Visit #1, Presentation, & Critique  *Students will bring in one piece of current work for critique and discussion with our guest artist. Students will post a reaction to the guest artist  presentation as well as their reaction to the critique. What were the most insightful and or important aspects of this experience? How will this experience affect your work here on after? This reaction will be posted on our class blog.