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Stella gets a lot of criticism, since his work is largely non-political, non-confrontational, and occasionally serves to decorate the lobbies of office buildings. His work is, however, very much rooted in appreciating the formalities of line, shape, color, and all those things that School Administrators love from the State Art Standards.
Most importantly though: Students who encounter work like this often say two common things: 1) “this looks kinda cool.” And 2) “but it’s just a bunch of scrap metal, anyone could make this.”

This project explores forms of abstraction with the basic material of cardboard, and given that the vast majority of teenagers have never built sculptures in their past art classes (if they were lucky enough to have one), studying Stella is totally worthwhile. Most importantly, this project aimed to encourage students to experiment with materials, as many students chose to add found objects, magnets, and even electronic components to their work.
Hopefully, their creations make an environment in our school where students can engage in discussions about modern and contemporary art that challenges their predispositions for abstract work.





Frank Stella Retrospective