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3.   Project Class A.K.A Mistakes are Cool,
Odd Matter Studio



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Title: Project Class A.K.A Mistakes are Cool
Who/Collaborator: Odd Matter Studio
Medium: various
Size: various sizes
2020



Projects Class: As a teacher at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the 1970s, David Askevold developed and led what he called the Projects Class. In what was identified as "the most innovative and interesting aspect of the NSCAD curriculum of the period". Askevold selected artists, including Dan Graham, Lawrence Weiner, Robert Smithson, Lucy Lippard, Joseph Kosuth and Mel Bochner and invited them to submit projects that he and his students would then carry out. In the Fall of 1969, Robert Barry proposed that the students get together and "decide on a single common idea. The idea can be of any nature, simple or complex ..." Sol LeWitt presented a "to do" list for the class which included: "1. A work that uses the idea of error 2. A work that uses the idea of incompleteness 3. A work that uses the idea of infinity. ..." Robert Smithson suggested a work that would involve mud being dumped over a cliff.

Odd Matter Studio: For this brief, the idea is to work with an artist or designer—in this case Odd Matter Studio (Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev)—and use the Projects Class as reference, specifically Sol LeWitt's brief: "1. A work that uses the idea of error 2. A work that uses the idea of incompleteness". So the "experiments" or "tests" that artists and designers do to play with shape, colour, material and functionality are actually, in themselves, functionless as pieces because they're just the point before the actual finished piece. For this project I want to hero those pieces and make them a piece of art or an Art-Object in their own right because sometimes they're amazing but they're lost or thrown away and never seen.

Odd Matter Studio are a design duo, “driven by the curiousity for the strange and wonderful”; obsessively creating unique and interesting pieces through material and meaning, research and experimentation.

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