Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sculpture and the Stairs.

The disabled is the one minority anyone can join any time.
Once in the club, the world becomes a series of obstacles to be avoided or solved.

Here's one clever sculptural solution that is like the incantation "Open Sesame."
The Sesame stair allows access without changing the aesthetic look of the architecture.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sculpture and Fashion

Fascinating that a jewelry style from 2500 years ago, current during the life of Buddha,
is having a revival. 
That revival is BIG ear plugs. 

 When the guys take out their ear rings, their ears look like the sculpture.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sculpture and Models

The BIG fear with carving is that you can't put any material back on once you've taken it off.
The solution, which seems counter intuitive, is to take off even MORE material!
Sculptor's secret: We all want to play it safe. Most carving are not pushed far enough.

After the panic, it's freeing to realize that what you need has been carved away. 
All Gone.
To get what you want you carve everything else further back.

That's were the real carving begins. 
The magic of carving is that the more you carve away, the bigger the carving becomes.   
There is less material but much more clarity.  
More intention = better art.

Instead of 3 surfaces, a log, or a block's 6 sides, you carve as many surfaces and forms as needed to tell your story. You create depth by creating a hierarchy of forms. Every shape becomes more clear and meaningful.  
It's been too wet to work outside on the big log.  
So I've spent time solving problems on the model.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Sculpture and Selfies

In addition to lofty sentiments, monuments to money, and the ultimate longevity of any art form,
sculpture has always been visual entertainment.

But now it seems to be the backdrop instead of the focus of our attention.
There's a new meme of interaction with sculpture that changes the artist's intention.....

All the more reason for specifying a tall pedestal for future work.....

And my own entry, less interaction, more ironic juxtaposition, from a Chinatown SF shop window.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sculpture and Confidence

Growing older allows you to clearly see your early errors, misguided enthusiasms, and false starts.
It's a lot like carving.

The good thing about growing older (and carving) is that you don't panic.
You just change what isn't working without a big fuss.
"It will be different than what I thought, but it will be ok."

Today is the first day that I know for certain that this carving is going be OK.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sculpture and Productivity

The hardest part of carving is showing up and working until it starts to actually look like art.
That can take a very long time.

Music helps sustain my focus. I've been listening to Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances and his Trittico Botticelliano. It's joyous, which helps when I'm discouraged by how slow this process is.

Also read Helene Wecker's The Golem and the Jinni,  a fantastic novel set in New York in 1899.
It's a wonderful tale.
The story was meaningful to me because it reminded me of the universality of a creation myth. 
Working day after day on a log, carving it into looking like a woman I met forty years ago,
 feels like summoning not just her but my younger self as well.
  Sculpture is not a golem, but creating either requires tremendous will, skill, and faith.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sculpture and Michelangelo's David

So much contemporary art is appropriation, i.e. theft.
Is nothing sacred? Or original?

At least these versions of Michelangelo's David makes you see the original art in a new light.

Does the concept, altering one of the world's most famous sculptures to reflect increasing obesity, count as art? Or it simply clever advertising for Deutscher Olympische, McDonalds, etc?

Your thoughts?