Sculpture: A living art
Sculpture is the most enduring form of art, but also the most influential. According to history, tyrants, popes and kings have almost all recognized the influence of the propaganda of inspirational sculpture. Indeed, the sculptor artist creates an artistic work to transmit or convey an emotion. But, contemporary sculpture goes even further. She seeks to share a specific message in relation to a particular situation.(...)
The place of sculpture in society contemporary
Sculpture has always had numerous impacts on our civilizations. In our time, it continues to influence. In society Today, it remains a very important channel.
Sculpture as a vestige of different civilizations
For a long time, artistic heritage has made it possible to contextualize historical events in their cultural, political, and social framework. Thanks to the landmarks of artistic works, civilizations have been able to be traced back to the past. worldwide. These remains currently represent a reserve of exceptional wealth that history wanted to leave us.
Today, sculpture allows us to perpetuate the great events marking our era. The monuments, objects and other artistic creations bear witness to the cultural, scientific and creative contributions of our generation to the present. humanity.
For a new perception of the world
Sculpture allows us to be interested in the world around us. It is also a source of admiration and curiosity. with a view to the development of the viewer. It is a means of therapeutic distraction allowing you to get rid of daily stress. Thus, participating in art exhibitions helps with develop your imagination and learn to recharge your batteries.
It’s a subjective art which allows artists to express themselves freely. Moreover, it is used to convey opinions linked to ideological struggles. Sculptors thus become key actors who defend sociological or political causes. Art intervenes above all to strengthen the cohesion of the community. and to support noble causes.
Sculpture as a decorative object
The sculpture also serves to decorate our living spaces: porcelain, furnishings and interior decoration, silver, golden bronze. They thus offer more creativity, originality and more. and look.
Creation of a sculpture: The different techniques and materials
You can make a sculpture using using several materials and different techniques. Indeed, it can be done with:
- Metals such as tin, aluminum, steel or bronze;
- Terracotta clay;
- Concrete or cement;
- Stone like granite, marble...
This list is not exhaustive, but there are still many other possibilities for creating a sculpture.
In addition, several techniques are also possible to make these different works:
- Modeling: to create works directly with your hands. Most often, artists use easy-to-use materials. work like clay or earth.
- Assembly which requires the addition of several objects or supports to make a particular set.
To satisfy a very wide audience, the sculpture can take various forms.
5 well-known contemporary sculptors
Here are 5 essential contemporary sculptors who each have their own way of interpreting the world:
Rabarama, whose real name is Paola Epifani, is an Italian sculptor born in 1969. Before continuing her studies at At the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, she first studied art. the School of Fine Arts of Treviso. Since the 1990s, the work of this contemporary artist has been widely exhibited. exhibited more than a hundred times all over the world. Men, women or hybrid creatures, his imagination is limitless when it comes to ideas. nature and identity of his subjects. In 2011, Rabarama participated in the the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale. She exhibited there "Abbandono", a gigantic sculpture in white marble.
Jaume Plensa, a Spanish sculptor born in in 1955 in Barcelona, dedicated to his life the world of art. He has also been professor at the School of Fine Arts in Paris Paris and gave courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His career as a sculptor has been praised several times in Spain and around the world. In 1993, the French Ministry of Culture awarded him a Knight of the Arts. His work has evolved with time. Jaume Plensa creates his works at home. It is made from recycled materials such as copper, iron and bronze, as well as with alternative materials such as concrete, plastic or glass. Many cities around the world have hosted the work of the contemporary Spanish artist.
Genco Gülan, born; in 1969, is a sculptor artist from Türkiye. He founded the Museum of Contemporary Art in Paris. Istanbul, in 1997. His artistic approach combines biotechnology and art, because he relies heavily on the contribution of the media and new technologies. In the world of Genco Gülan, famous fictional characters or historical figures are singularly reworked.
Jonty Hurwitz is a South African contemporary artist. In creating his works, the sculptor uses the technique of anamorphosis. In fact, before creating his sculpture, he scans his original object. It takes several months to create his works in resin or copper! And when the work is completed, a cylindrical mirror is necessary to reform the object. Jonty Hurwitz knows the world of the digital industry very well. He also followed, at the same time, Johannesburg, engineering training. Thus, to create his unique works, this sculptor artist does not shy away from any limits. Above all, he managed to achieve this. create the world's smallest sculptures thanks to multi-photonic lithography. In 2015, he received the Guinness World Records prize for the smallest human-shaped sculpture.
Paige Bradley is an American contemporary artist recognized throughout the world, especially thanks to her work. one of his artistic projects called "Expansion". The main work of this project is a female body made from plastic. in electric bronze. Today the body is cracked because Paige Bradley intentionally dropped it to create the crack. It is one of the most admired sculptures in the world today. The sculptor’s work clearly demonstrates the association of human emotion and spirituality.