Friday, April 2, 2010
"Sculpture-Contrast and Context"
Contrast and Context are key to how we perceive sculpture.
That's especially true for sculpture fragments.
By itself, the little Christo is too small to hold your attention. After years of being lonely up on the wall or being hidden in drawers, this carved Jesus figure finally has a home.
The antique trunk I broke down became the perfect background for him. The trunk's method of slotted construction was used to create the panel and frame. The rough finish doesn't compete with the polychromed figure. The scribed circles allude to haloes and cycles. They also reinforce the patterning in the repousse metal INRI. (Another homeless fragment)
Siting sculpture is often about creating a composite sculpture, binding different things together. In this example, the narrative comes from the religious nature of the art and the simple materials. Each component adds contrast and context to reinforces the whole new work of art.