Today I wondered if blackboards are still in use at St. John’s College. They were when I was student there in the late 1970’s. Yep, still are. See below.
I was thinking about blackboards because I needed to use one today. In the summer all twenty-first century technology is unavailable at the middle school where I work. But my colleagues and I needed to plot out a new version of the science curriculum . We were forced (gasp!) to use a blackboard. No colored chalk available either, so colored stickers represent who’s teaching what.
Once this 19th century-style task was completed, I was free to work on the artwork for proposition 6. My thoughts on blackboards led me to create this piece entirely with black and white, and all greys, smears, and pentimentos reminiscent of marks left behind by previous proof-demonstrating students on the blackboards.