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November 18, 2011


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by techgnotic
Fri Jul 8, 2011, 7:59 PM

Marble, Granite, Bronze, Silver, Gold!

Early statuary depicted one’s god’s, and since the medium is
as much the message as the visual message itself – the medium had
to proclaim: This god is as forever lasting as this stone that His
rendering is hewn out of! But all that is solid eventually melts
away into the air, even the most powerful ancient gods and kings –

By the time of the Renaissance, sculpture had managed to evolve away from the more ancient obsession of
depicting the Gods Themselves (indeed, with the encouragement in the belief that statues of gods were literally
material manifestations of gods or at least housings for gods’ essences) and became more focused on tableaus depicting
epiphanous moments from religious narratives... Michelangelo’s Pieta

...or even human non-god heroes from the great stories like Michelangelo’s David.

For the next few centuries, sculpture continued to seek an eternal permanence for human (mainly military or political)
heroes as much as for religious figures, to which anyone having visited the Lincoln Memorial or Mount Rushmore can attest.  
But the impulse remained to somehow keep beings, whether gods or humans, somehow “alive” by capturing them in immortal materials
that would not crumble away as readily as mortal flesh.

Modernism finally released sculptures from the strait-jacket of being 3D portraiture of living beings or tableaux. Modern sculptures allowed
abstract expressions to take their place as solid manifestations, provocative and mind-engaging as Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings
on canvas.  The desire to capture the essences of gods or great humans’ beings had finally evolved into the artist’s
desire to capture the essence of thought. The artist perceptions, to ours – the desire to capture desire itself.  
It seems that modern sculpture is not about inducing a feeling of awe in the beholder, but being in the presence of a mighty god, warrior or king.
Observing is like a dream, memory or desire – suddenly becoming solid out of the thin air.

Questions for the Reader

  1. Paintings can burn.  Digital can be deleted.  Is permanence what draws the artist to the medium of clay, stone, steel, wood, bronze, etc.?
  2. Does a sculpture, which must be allowed to occupy a more substantial space than a flat plane on a wall or PC screen, make a statement or create a provocation that can less easily be dismissed?
  3. What is it that personally draws you to sculptures and the fuels your desire to create through sculpting?  What was you first experience with encountering and being emotionally, psychically affected by a sculpture?

I plan on revisiting this topic early next year by interviewing the leaders in the Sculpture community here on deviantART.   If you have any suggestions as to the artists you would like to me to interview please let me know in the comment section.  I will be featuring a wide variety of the sculpture community in that feature.






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17chrisjenkins Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no comment...i dont need to hear you call me a moron for my beliefs. Yeah, because THAT sounds SOOOO loving...calling me a hypocrite
roballen2 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Artist
Don't hang no FAKE murder raps on me, NO one died for me.Holy Mitochondria, you are a brainwashed moron.
17chrisjenkins Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You sir have a twisted view of what I believe. Christianity is not about the mistakes man makes. Man is not perfect and will never be perfect. Christ died for people like you, people who want nothing to do with His grace and mercy, things that change a person. Many people have claimed to be followers of Christ, but they aren't. I think YOU need to sit down and read the Bible. Maybe then you would get the big picture of what God Himself says is truth.

P.S. I will not stand down from your intimidation tactics, on my art or my Jesus. To you, He may be a fairy tale, but to me, He is SSOOOOOO much more than you can even imagine. I only hope that you can see He loves you and everyone else on this planet. Thank you for challenging me to make a stand for Christ :) it actually shows that I'm making the stand I need to for Christ, but it also shows I need to continue to grow to rebuke people like you who curse His holy name. Good day sir.
roballen2 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Artist
Christian-can you honestly say that more people have been helped in the name of Christ, or more people have been killed, tortured (In the most atrocious ways)wars fought, people slaughtered. The inquisition, the reclamation, etc.
In 1059 Pope Gregory sent forth the crusaders to push back the Islamic Hordes. This battle goes on to this day.
You opened that bible and closed your mind. You are sheeple. "Christ"= The Greatest Story Ever Sold".
I suggest you look into the who, what, when, where, how, and why...Christianity got started. You have an imposed worldview, and a warped self image. Humans being a species that feels a need to band together, did this to you= your society. "Pray for someone to grow their arm back?"
roballen2 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Artist
Gods come and Gods go. People throughout the ages have killed, died, and given up their every freedom for these myths/beliefs.
Art, of any medium is in the "Mind" of the beholder.
When The big Cockroach riding the back of a rat, like it is a horse, sees the eroded Mt. Rushmore, it'll communicate in its way.
"These were the feather less, fur less gross combination of all animals combined, they use to rule this world. They are the one that made us strong. They poisoned us, tried to stamp us out in every conceiveable way. Where are they now? After having nearly destroyed the world it's self? They are No More!"
Fabiuss Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for featuring my photo!
why didn't you informed me?
17chrisjenkins Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh please...they didn't know they were naked, and then it was not a sin, that is until lust and such began
L9pendragon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
then what about adam and eve?....
17chrisjenkins Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nah cuz most of them are half naked men and women anyway...shows no dignity whatsoever...
L9pendragon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if you look past the fake gods and look at the artwork itself doesn't it look amazing?
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