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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...







...like 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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techgnotic



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marioluevanos


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:iconoceanstory1:
Thank you ! Thats what I said
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moonlight-fox Nov 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Paintings can burn. Digital can be deleted. Is permanence what draws the artist to the medium of clay, stone, steel, wood, bronze, etc.?

-I think it is part of the reason but a physical manifestation of art in such a way that you can touch it and feel its "3d-ness" makes up most of it, some message comes across more easily when it is physically present.

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?

-Yes, the viewers have a more physical interaction with the art.


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 have little experience with sculpting but I think it is because I can create not by simply drawing it on paper but making it out of stone have this magic.
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gbntbedtyr Nov 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I have enjoyed multi mediums for most, if not all of my life. I sculpt because it is closer to life. I Love the female form and Love creating a piece of art as life like as possible. (see Sculpting Sunshine in Frias eZine, it's a photo essay {although not truly sculpture} that truly portrays my dreams, my thoughts, in sculpting) However I too like the challenge of a new Medium. My recent, as in ten years or so, Automotive Sculpture, is an example of the challenge, as well as the permanence you speak of. I saw a 3D Flame Job, and marveled at it's beauty, but I did not have the tools to do one, at least not in the traditional manner. I picked up a Hammer and began beating out Flame Jobs. It was a Medium, It was a Challenge, I Conquered.
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krymsinthe Nov 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
"Paintings can burn. Digital can be deleted. Is permanence what draws the artist to the medium of clay, stone, steel, wood, bronze, etc.?"

- i like how you ask that question, its sooo eye-catching that ive clicked on it >.<
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17chrisjenkins Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
To me, the Greeks and such wasted their talents on their fake gods. They should have used their God-given gifts to worship God, the ONLY ONE TRUE GOD, whose Son came to die for each and every one of us filthy sinners. The Greek gods were fake, but my God lives on today!
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jennystokes Nov 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
You are putting yourself in a VERY vulnerable position here:
1. A HUGE amount of the art in this World of ours is Religious/Christian/Greek/Roman gods/Scandinavian Gods/Indian gods...........
2. Without these wonderful sculptures the earth would be a VERY boring place.
3. I have travelled in a lot of countries. Have you............?
4. EVEN if you don't believe in other Gods, as an artist, SURELY you can admire the 'workmanship?'
5. Some of these sculptures have been around for centuries, they have not been desecrated or removed, because people go to see them because they are art!
It is obvious to me that you are being extremely 'blind'.................imagine a World without these "God" Sculptures?
Have you EVER been to a Jain Temple in India? Ever been to Italy and marvelled at all the sculptures in Roman Catholic churches and Cathedrals? EVER been to Sri Lanka and admired the massive Buddhist and Hindhu sculptures there?
I rest my case.
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:icon17chrisjenkins:
17chrisjenkins Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
But they are all FAKE! My God is alive and well, and loves every single person on the face of this planet. Just because you think something is artful doesn't make it right. These sculptures are idols before God, I believe, and that IS a sin. I rest MY case.
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roballen2 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?"
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:icon17chrisjenkins:
17chrisjenkins 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.
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roballen2 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.
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