"The job of a sculptor is as much about empty space as it is about form." - Anish Kapoor
Title: Cloud Gate
Artist: Anish Kapoor
Medium: Stainless steel sculpture
Dimensions: 10 m × 13 m × 20 m (33 ft × 42 ft × 66 ft)
Location: Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
So many possibilities, so little time... In the next quarter, you will be experimenting with a select number of sculpture methods in order to create a 3-dimensional piece inspired by the CONTENT found so far in your PLAY pages.
Sculpture, like 2-dimensional art, can be made with myriad materials and techniques. Look through these images to see just some of the many possibilities. Since the MEDIUM an artist uses - and the STYLE in which an artists works - is related to CONTENT, it's a good idea to start thinking NOW about how YOU can best communicate your ideas.
Take a moment to learn about a specific style of sculpture, which was inspired by the AbEx movement that came before it (and which you are now fairly familiar with). Then THINK... what might YOUR sculpture communicate and how will you attempt to get your point across?
THE LISTS BELOW ARE NOT FINITE. STAY TUNED.
Some vocabulary to know (see also, the handout):
Some artists to know (see also, Artist Spotlights):
Some materials and processes we *may* experiment with:
Additional resources to explore:
From MoMA Learning - Abstract Expressionism:
"Abstract Expressionism is a term applied to a movement in American painting that flourished in New York City after World War II, sometimes referred to as the New York School or, more narrowly, as action painting. The varied work produced by the Abstract Expressionists resists definition as a cohesive style; instead, these artists shared an interest in using abstraction to convey strong emotional or expressive content. These artists moved away from European traditions of painting to create a distinctly American kind of art, which both acknowledged and challenged the domination of early 20th century giants such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Vasily Kandinsky.
Abstract Expressionism is best known for large-scale paintings that break away from traditional processes, often taking the canvas off of the easel and using unconventional materials such as house paint. While Abstract Expressionism is often considered for its advancements in painting, its ideas had deep resonance in many media, including drawing and sculpture."
Hopefully, you answered "YES" to all the questions above. You will have the opportunity to experience those answers while investigating the specific characteristics of AbEx painting:
Speaking of color theory, GO TO THE COLOR PAGE. What do you already know? What do you need to review? What is completely new to you? Do you remember the terms below? From this list, which do you think are the most important in the context of AbEx painting?
Do you know about SIMULTANEOUS CONTRAST? It refers to the manner in which colors affect each other when placed close together (see OPTICAL COLOR). The term was coined by French chemist Michel Eugène Chevreul, in his book, "The Principle of Harmony and Contrast of Colors," published in 1839. Artist Josef Albers continued to explore this concept in the 1950s.
AND THERE IS MORE! The resources below can further reinforce your understanding of simultaneous contrast:
STILL CURIOUS ABOUT ABEX? HERE'S MORE:
Think about: SUBJECT - COMPOSITION - CONTENT:
When taking/editing your photographs, consider the importance of lighting... LOOK FOR THE VALUES THAT YOU WILL BE DRAWING - THINK ABOUT HOW THE VALUES WILL BE TRANSLATED THROUGH MARK-MAKING.....Take many photographs so you can choose the best one; include your favorite options on your PLANNING page.
To help illustrate what was explained above, study previous examples of student work. Critique their use of the three properties of art PLUS their ability to mimic their Old Master's mark. Some examples are below and you are encouraged to explore more by looking at the Art 3 Gallery and searching through student website galleries HERE.
Rhiannon Doane, 2016
Hana Kruse, 2016
Izumi Miyazaki, 2015
Megan Lee, 2015
AFTER consideration of the above information, and with help from teacher/classmates:
KEEP your photograph and your Old Master's image side by side for the duration of this project. IT IS CRITICAL THAT THE SAME MARK IS EMULATED IN YOUR SELF-PORTRAIT. Don't lose sight of that goal. Don't worry, you WILL be developing your own mark eventually! This continued study of your Old Master's mark is a way to further refine your skills through deliberate observation and practice.
DON'T FORGET!!! Take pictures of your daily progress & publish weekly PROCESS posts on your blog!!!
Leonardo da Vinci said: “To draw is to learn to see”. How can the act of copying an Old Master's drawing help you "learn to see"? How can this improved ability to "see" help you improve your drawing ability?
WHO ARE THE OLD MASTERS? WHY DO THEY MATTER SO MUCH? Use the resources below as a starting point for finding out. Document info. and thoughts in your sketchbook as you plan for the upcoming project.
A CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT:
Art 3 Projects
CLASS projects will cover a variety of media skills and content and are designed to challenge your current skills and knowledge, preparing you for independent study next year and beyond. HOME projects will complement the work done in class while helping to develop your artistic vision/voice. It is your responsibility to create sketchbook PLANNING pages for each project presented below. This practice will allow you the time and space to learn, explore, prepare, be curious, and to generate ideas.
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