Sculpture Takes Many Forms
Art can be used and shown in many different way and mediums. whether that be photography, paint, printed, film, sound or sculpture. Which brings me to what I want to talk about today.
Sculpture is one of the oldest forms of expression used in art spanning as far back as 5th Century’ BC.
From that period onwards we have had some amazing artists and a lot of fantastic pieces.
Sculpture is one of the only branches of the visual arts that operate in three dimensions. The Durable sculptural processes originally used carving and modelling (the addition of material, as clay), in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials.
Sculpture in stone survives far better than works of art in perishable materials. They often represents the majority of the surviving works (other than pottery) from ancient cultures, though conversely traditions of sculpture in wood may have vanished almost entirely. However, most ancient sculpture was brightly painted, and this has been lost. there has been a sense of complete freedom of materials and process. A wide variety of materials may be worked by removal such as carving, assembled by welding or modelling.
Modernist sculpture movements include Cubism, Geometric abstraction, De Stijl, Suprematism, Constructivism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Futurism, Formalism Abstract expressionism, Pop-Art, Minimalism, Land art, and Installation art.
I was reading online about a new art exhibition on the seabed off the coast of Coloradas Bay on the Canary Islands’ Lanzarote. Below the sea hundreds of human figures stand still as lots of fish and other sea creatures swim around. Museo Atlantico, is an underwater world populated by over 300 individual sculptures distributed in 10 large installations at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. This is the first in Europe and latest underwater art venture of British artist and diver Jason deCaires Taylor,
In London, near Vauxhall bridge on the Thames, deCairo created a project called The Rising Tide, four sculptures representing the horsemen of the apocalypse. Thase horsemen emerge into view twice a day because of the tide that comes and goes
Another amazing example of how sculptures can different in mediums with different concepts. Looking at another artist Claude-Olivier Guay and his transforming wire sculptures. At a glance, they don’t look like much just some Plastic heads and bodies. But when they unfold to reveal beautifully crafted wire animals, which Guay makes with just his hands and a pair of pliers.
Each of his works can take nearly 2,000 feet of wire. His thought process is rooted in an experience in which he came across a rotting bear carcass and noticed all the life that happens after death. “One could say that that bear never died, that he was just taken over by bacteria and insects in a process of redistribution,” Guay says.
With both concepts it shows how sculpture as a medium has grown and developed over time. Weather its underwater or transforming wire. Sculptures will always have a massive connection to history.