Thinking About ThingsWe Can’t See: I was fascinated by the focus on the works interior, as wellas the exterior. In sculpture, I feel that the internal structure is oftenforgotten and neglected. Varying the inside of a sculpture will in turn changethe outside. Therefore, manipulating an object really derives from changing theinternal structure. This idea has inspired me to think about creating asculpture which highlights the importance of the interior.
I could achieve thisby using a medium of certain translucency, or making half of the sculptureopen. I was also interested in the way abstraction is enhanced throughvision. As the article explains, if you stare at a sculpture long enough, itbecomes more abstracted through repetition. I like the concept how abstractiondevelops by itself as the viewer’s perception over time will do this. Theviewers will discover geometric shapes, and further break down the sculptureinto a simplified version. I like how abstraction works like this and involvesthe viewer in a greater depth. Charles Ray: Abstract Sculptureand Lived Reality: I really like Charles Ray’s use of unconventional mediums.
Ilike sculptures that use quirky materials, or common materials in an unusualway. I feel that this method pushes the boundaries of the art world, in a newand interesting way. When Ray uses his body as a medium, it adds anotherelement to three-dimensional sculpture. Not only is the body real but it canalso move and react, which captivates the viewer in a more dynamic way. Theviewer can connect to the sculpture as they can physically relate to themedium.
The piece Stairway1976 resonated in me as I love the juxtaposition of the materials. I think thetheme of fragility is compelling, as it can show vulnerability but also power. Rayhas further enhanced this message of fragility by choosing media that opposesone another. Stairway epitomizesfragility, as the suspension of glass above actual stairs adds a sense of fearto the sculpture, as the placement of the media is uncomfortable to view. Ialso like how the fragility in this piece is still evident despite its largesize.
I also like how Ray’s sculptures focus on balance andtension. The positioning of his sculptures focus very much on balancingelements. I think sculptures show full distortion when they play around withtension. I like how in Plank Piece I – II, the plank of wood and person createa sense of harmony when they are balanced. Although there seems to be a lot oftension where the wood and limbs meet, it also creates a sense of liberationthrough equity.