Immaculata College Course/SCAN '95 Study Questions (10/29/95):
This introduction to my Web page was originally intended to complement the
presentation by Rebecca Mercuri, Sister Jean Anthony and Joseph Reilly at
SCAN '95, the Small Computers in the Arts Network, Philadelphia PA, November
1995. Their presentations and mine were part of the Immaculata College graduate
special topics workshop "Technology in the Creative Arts Therapies".
The Study Questions below are intended to aid the students of Immaculata
College in discussing my artworks and the significant issues I hope they
raise. They may remain useful to others trying to figure out what I'm all
1) Discuss the use of figuration in Mike's work. How it springs from the
community murals traditions of the past quarter-century and moves beyond
it. What other movements or media do you see having influenced him? Explore:
Pop Art, Cubism, Punk, comics.
2) One of Mike's professors once called him a "moralist" in comparison
with other artists. How does his work show a conviction of right and wrong
in society, relations between people within it?
3) Discuss the aspects and themes in Mike's work that are autobiographical
or autopsychoanalytical. What are other artists' instances of the lifelong
use of music and art as paths of exploration to the essential self?
4) Do you agree with the statement that "the best world, time and work
to study is one's own", rather than Shakespeare's, etc.?
5) Develop an argument that Mike's art is about oppositions and their interfaces:
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