YOUmedia has been approaching Mark Bradford and his work from a critical perspective. Who is Mark? What is his art trying to say to us?
We’ve been analyzing who Mark Bradford is as an artist and we’ve been diving deep into his works of art. We are working to understand and trying to deconstruct the works with questions about authorship, format, audience, message, and purpose. We believe this breakdown of the artist and his work are critical keys to better connecting the living artist to art. It makes for a landscape of learning that is real, engaging, and socially connected.
The Mark Bradford Project happens on Mondays at YOUmedia. YOUmedia students are free to create project proposals and/or pick from a series of project prompts presented by various YOUmedia mentors. Students can work directly with these mentors throughout the duration of the project and through various media (digital design, spoken word, music, and video production).
YOUmedia has a social learning network (www.ym.iremix.org) where The Mark Bradford Project exists in a virtual group space online: mentors, the MCA, and Mark Bradford himself can support, critique, and provide resources to students anytime and virtually any place. As for the students, YOUmedia Online is a safe space to present works in progress, critique, and communicate with the resident artist from the MCA.
YOUmedia is a creative space where students can take their understanding of Mark Bradford and his art to create new works of contemporary art. These new works can be inspired by the artist himself, or themes, critical questions, and/or responses to the works presented. Our librarians support students by helping them research and reference the great wealth of resources in the library.
The Mark Bradford Project is a model for how students should be able to connect to artists and institutions for the purpose of engaging in serious critique and supported creativity. They will make these fulfilling learning experiences real world pathways to express ideas and new forms of art in the community.
Students at YOUmedia will focus on the following themes: *Mapping *Collage *Video *Layering *Mixed Media
— Mike Hawkins, YOUmedia Coordinator, YOUmedia and Digital Youth Network; Photo by Mike Hawkins.