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Assignment two: Reflection

Due to the available space, the ‘target’ faces the wall and feels a bit hemmed in. With a larger space the ‘target’ could face out into the room with the wires traversing across it. A stronger single point light source would also enhance this work through the casting of dark shadows on the wall from the falling pieces.

I think the piece works quite well, despite being the kind of work I am not interested in pursuing. Whilst I wasn’t sure whether the randomly arranged blocks would work, I think they form interesting shapes that work better than the more aerodynamic shapes I initially though might be needed for the falling pieces.

As my tutor pointed out after submitting this piece, the base doesn’t work with this piece – it obviously doesn’t fit with the rest of the work and distracts from it. I ‘removed’ it in the image and the result was much better:

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Although I set out to try to work on my sketches more, my lack of engagement with the subject matter meant that this didn’t happen in this stage of the course. The end result was much better than I thought I could get to, given the unpromising starting point, but I still haven’t addressed my principle weakness yet. I know that this has to change in my next stage of the course and I have already made a good start on changing this.

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Assignment two: The finished piece

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‘Target’
180x150x80cm
Dismantled chair, wire, acrylic paint

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Assignment two: Deconstruction/construction

The aim of this assignment was to deconstruct a chair or coffee table and create a new sculptural form from its component parts through the manipulation and re-composition of its elements by producing drawings, developmental work and reconstruction.

I can’t say that this assignment filled me with enthusiasm at all, but I obtained a wooden chair with a damaged seat and started with some drawings:

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It took quite a while to come up with any ideas for this, the only element of the chair which held any interest for me was the broken seat. Once I focussed on that area, an idea took hold of objects smashing into this area as a target:

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The chair was cut up into its component parts and first of all the ‘target’ was assembled:

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A few colours were tested out in Photoshop:

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Grey looked like the best option, so I went with this.

Then it was on to the pieces coming towards the target. Options were to cut or roughly break the pieces.

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I dismissed the latter as there were insufficient pieces to work with (especially which had any length), so I went for cut pieces. The assignment required working with planes so my idea was to cut the remaining pieces into small rectangles which would regularise the pieces, then stick them together in twos or threes before painting them.

After doing this, I was left with a few pieces of the chair, but most were used.

Leftovers

Leftovers

Whilst I was doing this, I needed an area to set up my installation, so I painted the corner of a room white to display this:

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I glued the pieces of wood together and painted them a dark blue colour, holes were then drilled through them to take the wire I planned to hang them from.

I secured the back of the ‘target’ to a piece of wood placed under my bench (otherwise the wires would pull the sculpture forwards when tensed).

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Then I assembled the piece using eye’s screwed into the wood under the target and piece screwed to the wall, then wire attached to these. The wire was balled together underneath the individual falling pieces to prevent them from moving.

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Project: Planes sculpture – Reflection

‘Wing’

No artist was deliberately referenced with this piece, but the standing stone shape is one commonly used by Barbara Hepworth and the nodules on the side are reminiscent of the shapes Jean Arp and Miro used in their sculptures.

This was the least successful sculpture of the 3 in my opinion. The colours of the main body of the piece are too dark, the single flat piece is too one-dimensional and the rough edges of the piece don’t work with the flowing rounded shape of its outline. Also, the bronze pieces are a bit lost on this sculpture.

‘Box’

The sphere shapes on this and ‘Untitled’ were inspired by looking at the work of Lee Bontecou. I know little about her work at the moment, only that I think her work looks fantastic (see http://www.sculpture.org/documents/scmag04/march04/bontecou/bontecou.shtml). The hanging, futuristic, presumably space inspired sculptures are very appealing and look in some ways to be similar to what I imagine a 3D Kandinsky painting would look like. It is interesting to see how she mixes materials and I have ordered some of her books to look into her work further.

I initially produced a few spheres in clay for these sculptures, but decided that bronze offered more interest and the ability to ‘shine’ from within the sculptures.

Placing the spheres in cut-out circles of steel suspended by steel rods was a way of making them look as if they were spinning, referencing the movement of planets or the core of a futuristic reactor. The patterns on the sphere were based on water-worn rock patterns, but could be read as many other things.

Unfortunately the wood warped whilst charring/staining/varnishing, resulting in gaps in the box and it splitting in one corner. I should have done this after constructing it, but I was concerned that the metal piece might not fit inside once it was constructed which is why I chose to build it around this piece. This isn’t too noticeable in the final piece though.

The polished bronze sphere shines out of the dark box, a successful realisation of my vision for this sculpture.

‘Untitled’

This sculpture has a lot in common with the ‘Box’ sculpture above. It has distorted a bit in its construction, due to being made out of thin steel. I also managed to burn some holes in the base of the piece whilst trying to weld it together. Fortunately the rust finish hides this to some extent.

It would be improved by using thicker steel to avoid the problems detailed above, and a longer rusting time to give a lighter brown colour over the whole piece.

This piece could be read as a model of planets / orary. The contrasting colours of the metals give interest and intrigue to the sculpture. Overall, a fairly successful translation of the initial maquette form into a finished sculpture.

Comparison with other artists

David Smith used a combination of steel and bronze in many of his sculptures. This link hows this combination off to the best effect. Here he has painted the steel orange, but it gives a similar colour to the rusted steel surface I chose in my sculptures. Royal Incubator 1949 also shows off the combination well. Combining these two materials is also often the combining of different surfaces –  steel is usually used for flat angular forms, whilst bronze can be cast in more organic shapes. I think this field can be explored a lot more going forwards.

Whilst may artists use bronze or rusted steel, I can’t find many who use them in combination, in fact a Google search on “sculpture steel bronze rusted” brings up my sculptures from this project, so there can’t be many out there!

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Project: Planes sculpture – Final pieces

Wing

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‘Wing’
38x45x15cm
Steel and bronze

Box

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‘Box’
40x22x20cm
Wood, steel and bronze

Untitled

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‘Untitled’
38x28x36cm
Steel and bronze

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