I just wanted to express my distaste for the way the critique was handled this morning. You took down two of my three pieces and never gave me the chance to receive feedback on them from the class. I know that you didn’t care for the “ass-trix” idea, but frankly the critiques aren’t only about what the professor thinks. If I based my work on a single opinion I would be a rather weak, close-minded artist. I value ALL opinions. I wanted to hear reactions from both you and the class, never just one or the other. Instead I had my work essentially condemned without an explanation. It should have been left on the wall, followed by constructive criticism of some sort.Something like this for example:
“I think using a punctuation mark as a cereal brand design is an interesting concept and one that you can run with, but tone down the imagery so you aren’t limiting your potential audience. Instead, use the image to really bring home the concept of the asterix, not the rabbit. Make that the primary focus. Perhaps you could even put the image on an actual cereal box…” etc.
I don’t have a background in education, but this does sound a bit better than what I heard today. It sounds like instructional guidance rather than discouragement. That is something I can take. Pure negative commentary and censorship I cannot.
I understood that not everyone would find the rabbit poster tasteful or funny. It was my hopeful intention to use the asterix in an unexpected, inventive way that was amusing and unorthodox. I felt I had succeeded on this level, but my degree of success, or perhaps lack of, couldn’t be accurately or fairly gauged without a proper critique. Having my work denied/censored seems to be against the whole message behind the school of Art and Design. Creative freedom, being open to new ideas, etc… I thought this was what Alfred was all about.
– David Barnes