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Breaktime – Comical Architecture + Sculpture

In Art Hotspots, Sculpture Techniques, Sculptures on March 11, 2011 at 6:46 am

I thought that with the release of the new Yogi Bear movie, I’d publish this post for a little twist. The Longaberger Company manufactures handcrafted lifestyle products like wooden baskets and fabric products. A perfect symbol of their hard work can be seen even before you enter their building’s lobby floor. Shaped like a huge picnic basket, their headquarters in Newark, Ohio is a prime example of sculptural application in architecture. There are many examples of large-scale sculptures all over the world by commercial or private artists.

picnic basket building

I heard that an advertisement for an Adidas football product was done recreating a football field on an elevated billboard. two players would hang by their sides and play a game of football in side-ways gravity. These types of sculptural applications can be very insightful and lend a smile to you daily dose of sights. It’s a good change from the regular ugly paraphernalia of marketing gurus and sales agents. Embodying what you do through the craft of sculpture is really admirable and a good contribution to the creative influence of others.

When sculpture intertwines with everyday life, that’s when it’s most appreciated. Sculptors and artists take pride in what they do, and what better fulfillment than having people use and live in your artworks. These days, the bar is set higher and higher for creative innovation. Where will our ideas take us in ten or twenty years? I propose holographic sculptures.

Peter Reginato

In Sculpture Personalities, Sculpture Techniques on March 1, 2011 at 1:36 am

Abstract sculptor Peter Reginato is famous for putting the randomness of abstract expressionism into his many multi-dimension works. He began his journey into abstract sculpture in the 1960’s and moved to New York from his stay at the San Fransisco Art Institute. His devotion and time spent with the craft landed him the opportunity to be invited to several group shows in prestigous places like the Park Place Gallery in NY. Later on in his career, Reginato was represented by the Tibor de Nagy Gallery.

Artwork Sculpture by Peter Reginato

Little Mo Sculpture by Peter Reginato, Photography by the artist (2006)

His bold sculptures deeply resemble the paintings of abstraction that spread out in a burst of contours and color. For one to create a 3D version of that effect is a task that Reginato had spent several years to perfect. Reginato’s works contained shaped elements ranging from spirals to springs and blobs to figures. His diversity in composition was utterly astounding with every individual work.

Reginato had a two man partner show entitled “Color-Coded” with Ronnie Landfield in 2005 at the Heidi Cho Gallery in Chelsea. In 2007 though he had is own one-man show at the same gallery. The sculpture exhibition was comprised of his welded stainless steel sculptures and was entitled “Low Maintenance” maybe because these works were unpainted and left bare in their natural metallic state. Reginato’s passion for the steel collages is a deeply admirable one. His hobby turned into his career and he is one of the lucky people in the world that loves what he does.

Louise Bourgeois : Founder of Confessional Art

In Sculpture Personalities, Sculpture Techniques on February 26, 2011 at 7:29 am

A French American Sculptor, Louise was also nicknamed the “Spiderwoman” for her spider-like sculptures that she entitled Manman. Louise’s are focuses mainly on the themes of humsn expression, i.e. loneliness, anxiety, betrayal. She considered her abstract works to be narratives of emotion and wanted them to convey some sort of human condition that language alone could not fully communicate.

The Manman Sculpture of Louise Bourgeoise

Despite her introvert-personality as a child and her hatred for her father, She managed to gain strength as an artist and studied t several prestigious schools to hone her craft. Such schools included the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris and the École des Beaux-Arts. Learning from many great masters in the world of sculpture, she slowly developed her very own mannerism and techniques. She also eventually taught art at the Pratt Institute and the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.

Her Sculpture, Manman is one of the famous spider structures she had set up. She began to create these tall, spiny-legged abstractions in the late 1990’s and incorporated the spider subject as a core element in her work. Manman stands to be over nine meters tall and is made up of steel and marble. Eventually more were made, but not using the same material. Louise mentioned that the spider, being a clever weaver, was an ode to her late mother who was in charge of their tapestry business. It also reminded her about how her mother used to protect them from harmful externals, the way spiders eat pest insects.


Cast Sculpture and Carved Sculpture: The Difference

In Sculpture Techniques on February 26, 2011 at 7:02 am

What makes casting sculpture different from carving it? Well, first off the two make use of entirely different processes. Casting involves more of a chemical knowledge base, while carving requires a knowledge about tools and practical usage. For this article let us take a look at the opposing aspects, advantages and disadvantages of using these two methodologies.

Cast sculpture usually involves a series of liquid and powdered ingredients as well as a negative mould. The process is more complicated in theory, but much simpler in real-time. Casting resin usually starts from an original design, whether made in clay or copied from an existing model, a design must be able to be durable enough to withstand the moulding process. For resin casting, either plaster or silicone is pasted onto the model to replicate a negative side of it quite accurately. The mould is then set to dry for later. Before the casting, resin powder and other ingredients must be measured. Release wax must also be applied to the mould ends. Then a mixture of the casting investment is then poured into the mould and set to dry. When it has dried, the mould is either separated or chipped away to reveal the sculpture inside. Furnishing, painting and buffing then follow to finally complete the sculpture.

Carving sculpture on the other hand is much more simpler in theory but tedious in real-time. A sculptor usually makes use of a set of power tools, a water jet, and a hammer and chisel set. The process basically entails chipping away at a hard natural material such as alabaster, nephrite, or metamorphic rocks with beautiful raw color and patterns. The finished sculpture is then cleaned and buffed to bring out its natural tones.

Carved sculpture has natural colors while cast sculpture makes use of industrial paints, however cast sculpture can maintain a variety of curvaceous or liquid forms that would be hard to recreate in carved stone. Another aspect of comparison could be durability. Some people say that carved sculptures hold the natural durability of their stones while the lasting strength of cast sculpture depends mainly on the composition of the materials mixed into the investment. Cast sculpture also makes it easier for artists to create sculptural designs with better ease.

All in all there are many trade-offs to choosing either methodology, but both have their own uniqueness in the world of fine sculpture.