Thursday, 6 January 2011

Contextual studies 6/10/10

Contextual studies notes 6/10/10

To see how photography emerged as art and why?

These are my notes from the lecture, with a small piece of writing about a sculpture of my choice.

Sculpture is three-dimensional art made by on of 4 basic processes.
Carving (Stone and wood)
Modelling (in clay)
Casting (in Bronze)
And constructing.

Form- ‘What is it?’

Process- ‘How?’
Cast, direct carving, assembly, found object, industrially produced, made in the landscape

Material- ‘Which?’

Concept- ‘What is it trying to do?’


Bronze casts are made after the artist has died.

Photographers: Eugine Druet, Alfred Stieglitz, Jeff wall.

Sculpture and photography are both often reproduced, and both borrow from paintings and/or each other.



Michelangelo’s David

This sculpture is one of the most recognised in the world, and is on show in Florence Italy. The sculpture is carved from white marble and stands a great 17 feet tall, including the plinth (base).
Michelangelo created it between 1501 and 1504. The sculpture depicts David, from the Biblical story of ‘David and Goliath’ and shows him naked holding the sling he threw the stone in. The concept of Michelangelo’s ‘David’ is to show how powerful ‘David’ was, and has been shown in a very muscular form.
The sculpture was carved out of marble, which is a very strong material. This explains why it took four years to complete. It has been copied and changed over the last 500 years, which shows just how influential it is.


The photo on the left shows Michelangelo's 'David' on show in Florence, Italy at 'The Galleria dell'Accademia'. I've seen the sculpture in real life, when i toured Italy with a choir several years ago, and would definitely recommend seeing it.
















This is an interpretation of Michelangelo's 'David done by Eduardo Paolozzi. He made a plaster cast of 'David', then broke it up into small pieces, adding bits of wood and string to make an abstract piece.

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