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by techgnotic
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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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Thank you ! Thats what I said
aos-ceirde Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I wasn't expecting this article to touch me in any way, but it really did in a deep space inside me. I haven't touched sculpture in over 3 years... now the desire is back inside of me. Thank you!
halleymurray Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
todo sucumbe por el tiempo ya sean obras o vidas , la verdad es que pienso que cuando uno hace una obra ,coloca todo su esfuerzo para que se exprese lo que se esta sintiendo en ese momento de su tiempo , las obras tal vez no duren pero lo que se intento plasmar eso durara , cada vez que se vea esa obra o los restos de esa obra , se vera el esfuerzo y las ganas por expresar sentimientos de la vida de este ser que el tiempo dejo caer su mirada , para convertirla en pasado , y un consejo nunca botes los trabajos fallidos por que tu también le pusiste tiempo a ese trabajo que no salio , solo debes conservarlo , para que en el futuro ese error sea la ventana para una nueva inspiración
:) visiten mi pagina, nos vemos compañeros artistas ;)
Rei-Hikaru Nov 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Art is ephemeral, even in sculptures, thats the magic of art, you need enjoy it, while you watch it, because later it can be destroyed, or deleted.
vampire-88 Nov 23, 2011   General Artist
I'm glad you decided to write about sculpture as an art form. There also should be a perhaps a tribute to the great sculptors of modern art like Auguste Roden, Salvador Dali, Gaudi (I mentioned these two because their art isn't only based on sculpture, yet their sculptures are world famous). And as well as dedication to the Ancient Greek sculpture, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Asian sculpture art. We've all been learning that through art history, but it's nice to be reminded. Also, there are less famous, but yet amazing sculptors of today like Bruno Torfs that you could interview, beside the deviants :D...
BunnysteeleStephanie Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats Awesome!
1. Somewhat. Permanence and tangibility hook me to sculptures. Permanence is immortality, and who doesn't want to leave behind a piece of immortality? Everyone wants to be remembered for something. And nothing brings an artwork to life than to actually touch it. It's something that even the blind can produce and enjoy (there are blind sculptors thankyouverymuch). Parallel to that, objectification of thoughts and desires through more abstract pieces can truly bring out the way a person's brain works, and that is a magnificent piece of artwork on its own.
2. Once again, tangibility. The marvel of having that sense of depth that can only be captured with depth itself compensates and more for the space it has to take up due to it.
3. Anyone that follows me (which is, like, 7 people) knows that I make miniatures. Inside my head, everything is so teeny tiny and precious with a soft gentleness that ties it all together; I've had an affiliation for miniatures (dollhouses, petit fours, specialty jewelry, teeny tea sets, etc...). I joke that it needs to be tiny to contain the vast number of thoughts I think. I don't remember exactly what drew me to it, but I think it had to do with seeing miniature things around me. I just wanted to make them!!! SQUEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, enough about me. Time for someone else to ramble.
kuricurry Nov 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
There is something more "affecting"
as it does occupy more "space",

And has some form of mystery to it.
And age and weather can only do so much to it...
By far it only makes it lovelier...

Something is really profound in art wrought carefully in stone.
David-Irastra Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the art isn't eternal and perfect that make it beautiful!
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