Sculpture and the Meaning of Making


In this yearlong course, we will explore an expansive notion of sculpture and work to develop the critical and practical tools necessary to approach art-making from various directions. As gallery and museum press releases declare works as “blurring the boundaries” between art and other disciplines (such as design, display, film, furniture, architecture, and theatre), students in this class are invited to investigate the practices involved in those distinct worlds and to consider how they might be incorporated intotheir own sculpture. Studio process will be emphasized so that students come away with a significant understanding of how things are made. We will learn about established sculptural materials and techniques, as well as those used in less traditional fabrication industries. Fieldwork and hands-on experimentation will be critical to create a personal body of work in dialogue with the contemporary art environment and the world at large. Beyond the making of objects, projects may include ephemeral and interdisciplinary practices: actions and their documentation, collaborative work, living strategies, installation, etc. Students will be encouraged to consider the place and context of their projects and to ask questions about whom they want to reach as working artists. Through studio demonstrations, individual projects, in-class presentations, related readings, and field trips to galleries and studios, we will investigate issues surrounding the creation of new, relevant, and vital work. Each project will be discussed in a group critique, with the aim of helping the artist express a vision in the most focused and most dynamic way possible. Previous experience in sculpture is helpful but not necessary. Please bring images of any pertinent past work to the interview.