In this short project, you will take the graded wood joints you made at the beginning of the semester and use them to create a wood sculpture in the style of Joel Shapiro.
By the 1980s, Shapiro began to explore larger and life-size forms in
pieces that were still reminiscent of Indian and Greek sculpture but
also inspired by the early modernist works by Edgar Degas and Constantin Brâncusi. The bulk of these pieces have been commissioned or acquired by museums and galleries. Later, Shapiro further expanded his repertoire by creating pieces that depicted the dynamism of human form. For instance, his subjects were portrayed in the act of dancing, crouching, and falling, among others that explored the themes of balance, cantilever, projection, and compression. His later works can have the appearance of flying, being impossibly suspended in space, and/or defying gravity.- Wikipedia
You will arrange, connect and modify your already made joints into an abstract sculpture that exemplifies balance and movement. The work should be asymmetrical and different from all sides. You can add more wood to your work as well as attach it to a base, more on this in class.
Your work should be based on the dynamics of the human figure, but need not look like a figure. You can attach your wood using any of the techniques we have learned.
Use these as examples:
You should start by sketching in your sketchbook. Look at Shapiro’s drawing for inspiration. Have 10 sketches by next class. Try to capture balance and movement in your sketches as well. Uise any medium, but darker ones like charcoal and marker might work better.