Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Workshop Sculpture

One of the great things about having a workshop downstairs is that you can go down there in the cold nights and work on stuff. Sunday night Eric and I worked on the final touches of his sculpture for Art School. He's been working on the project for the last few weeks.

But on Sunday night, Eric and I manufactured a swivel table for his Cube project. The assignment was an interesting one. He was tasked with building a sculpture using the same pattern. Some in the class were using a two-demensional pattern, say a number four cut out of paper. By positioning the four in various configurations they were able to build a two-dimensional sculpture.

Eric went a step further. He built a three-dimensional cube with cut outs or holes on it�s various sides. By positioning the cube in various ways and gluing sixteen of them together he got a cube that doesn�t look like it�s patterned but indeed the bottom row and top row are the same.

The Cube

Furthermore, he placed a halogen bulb in it�s center thereby casting light and shadows up through the sculpture. Then he got a small table with a swivel. We build a lazy-susan on it�s top and ran the light cord through it�s pedestal to the outlet. By placing a black cloth over the table, he achieved a very dramatic effect. The finished work looked like it should be in a museum. He presented it to the class on Monday.

After we set it up, he began to play with the piece. By setting it on it�s corner, the sculpture looks more dramatic.

The Cube Dynamic

What do you think?

It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall, it's a painting, and if you can walk around it, it's a sculpture. - Tom Stoppard