"The job of a sculptor is as much about empty space as it is about form." - Anish Kapoor
Vocabulary to know:
- Relief (bas, mezzo, alto, and sunken) vs. In-the-round
- Additive vs. Subtractive
- Kinetic - mobile vs. stabile
- Realistic, abstract, non-objective, conceptual
- Found object
Materials and processes we will experiment with:
- CARVE: Creastone - subtractive carving from a block or other form
- BUILD: Styrofoam, wire, and/or cardboard - use alone or build into an ARMATURE to be covered with:
- Plaster gauze
- Papier mâché
- Burlap, fabric, etc.
- CLAY: Think about ways that basic hand-building methods can be used to create work in a larger scale and with specific form and textures ...LOOK AT THESE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS WHO WORK WITH CERAMICS!
- BOOK art: We'll go to VCU to see their collection and you'll be inspired (hopefully) to think beyond your former definition of a "book"
- FOUND: Use found objects to build form and content
Artists to know (see also, Artist Spotlights):
- Martin Puyear
- Louise Nevelson
- Alexander Calder
- Henry Moore
- Robert Arneson
- Richard Serra
- Andy Goldsworthy
Class Project: DUE April 3rd
- "Desktop" - Explore the concept of scale by creating a desktop version of something that is normally very large (or go the other way - think about the Pop Artists!).
- "À la" - Interpret, in 3-dimensions, the 2D work of a recognized artist.
- "Contained" - Build a container for a memory (and the memory).
- "Wearable" - Make something meant to change the identity of the wearer.
Home Project: DUE May 12th
You may choose from four possible approaches:
2) Found object/Trash
These approaches, with examples of artists who work this way, are explained HERE.
Regardless of how you interpret the theme, or which approach you use, your sculpture must creatively - and with good craft - address the theme AND the sculptural issues of BALANCE, FORM, and SPACE (at a minimum). In the case of video or performance art, your consideration must be on the presentation of your work (burn a dvd, schedule a performance, etc. - your work will be displayed just as the others will - how will you manage that?).
As with your in-class sculpture, an artist statement will accompany the piece while on display so that viewers can understand your intentions and choices in form, medium, and process.