Charles Umlauf’s Studio in the Museum

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 Exhibition view. Photo taken by the author. Exhibition view. Photo taken by the author.

In 1985 the city of Austin received the gift of sculptor Charles Umlauf’s residence, studio and 168 sculptures from the artist after his retirement from the faculty at the University of Texas in Austin in 1981. A land-swap agreement with the state provided six acres adjacent to the original property that became home to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum in 1991, a project which Umlauf helped design and install. Although the museum is presently located in an important area of Austin, the quiet isolation of the wooded area, purchased in the 1940’s remains an integral element to the grounds located next to Ziker Park and Barton Springs.

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Sculpture at Scenic World 2017 Call for submissions

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12-L-PrintUse-featureLouis Pratt, Wonder, 2016. Photo by Keith Maxwell

Sculpture at Scenic World has opened the call for submissions for its 2017 exhibition. It is the most important prize in Australia for an outdoor artwork that in the 2016 edition has been increased up to 20,000 AUD. Located 100 kms from Sydney, the idyllic village of Katoomba is the main destination for all who want to admire the breathtaking views of the rock formation called The Three Sisters in the heart of the Blue Mountains National Park. Scenic World, one of the oldest tourism business in New South Wales, is owned by the Hammon Family – now in their third generation, and siblings Anthea and David have brought fresh air to the company; in the last few years they have been committed to providing a extensive experience to the visitor and, at the same time, contributing to the already vibrant art…

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Into the Woods

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Michigan Legacy Art Park SculptureFallen Comrade, 2009. Artist: David Greenwood. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Legacy Art Park

This sculpture park took shape around 14,000 years ago, when a retreating glacier raked out the vistas and hills that now comprise the rugged terrain of the Legacy Art Park, a thirty-acre patch of earth not far from Michigan’s famous Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  But credit certainly also goes to the late David Barr, a visionary sculptor and poet, who had the tenacity to found an art park and educational center in which contemporary sculpture could unobtrusively integrate into nature. 

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Shape-Shifting: The Need for Sculpture

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Laura Moore SculptureLaura Moore, One Man’s Junk (installation photo by Paul Cimoroni)

I want to talk a bit about context – specifically, what sculpture can do to our experiences and expectations of public and private spaces. It’s all about shape-shifting.

I’m drawn back to this because of an exhibition recently opened at the Maclaren Art Centre in the city of Barrie, Ontario, just north of Toronto. Laura Moore’s One Man’s Junk is a seemingly simple and understated installation: essentially a wooden shipping pallet carefully stacked with a number of carved limestone sculptures – 1:1 scale – of old cathode-ray tube computer monitors. The contextual part of this has to do with the work’s placement in a small, interior courtyard at the gallery that is shared with an adjacent café. There are plants in concrete containers, and a few tables and chairs. Moore’s work sits off to one side atop a concrete slab.

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Harley Tallchief’s Beaded Sculptures

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Harley Tallchief was born in 1968 on the Cattaraugus Reservation approximately 30 minutes outside of Buffalo, New York. His father was from the region as a member of the Seneca Nation and his mother from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. From infancy until the age of sixteen, Harley Tallchief’s family moved from one migrant farm field to the next outside the San Francisco area including Stockton, Manteca and Tracy. This line of work was familiar to the family, especially to his maternal grandmother, Florence Owens Thompson, the subject of Dorthea Lange’s famous Depression-era photograph, Migrant Mother.

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Hello from B55, my BSMT studio at Mana Contemporary

Interesting read

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There have been a lot of interesting things happening in the studio! Having the time and space to work at Mana Contemporary has been really great to explore many new processes in my work. I have several projects going at once! First, I have created 14 parochial collars total. All of them have been fabricated out of sheet metal and have been decorated with lace and various fabrics. The other component for this project is creating cast metal bows.

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What Sculpture Is And What It’s Not

Sculpture is the two or three dimensional representation of forms, abstract or not using various shaping techniques.Nathaniel Hawthorne, an American writer wrote that “moonlight is sculpture”, Chuck Close,  an American painter/photographer said “sculpture occupies real space like we do… you walk around it and relate to it almost as another person or another object” and Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian renaissance man, said “i have been impressed with the urgency of doing. knowing is not enough; we must apply. being willing is not enough; we must do.”

What is sculpture if not application of knowledge and doing?

What sculpting means to me, i feel i can only capture in a sculpture, a 3D representation of emotions, to capture the intangible. Oh! the feeling, the rush. I think sculpture differentiates itself from the written art forms immediately because in my own words “Sculpture describes perfectly what words strive to limn”.

Sculpture is many things we shall see shortly

  1. Sculpture is beauty and so is the goddess Aphrodite

This Crouching Aphrodite marble statue is a Roman variant of the 2nd century CE after a Hellenistic type. It depicts Aphrodite as bathing, crouching with her right knee close to the ground. (Louvre Museum). Photo by Carole Raddato, CC-BY-SA.

This marble statue is a Roman variant of the 2nd century CE after a Hellenistic type. It depicts Aphrodite as bathing, crouching with her right knee close to the ground. (Louvre Museum). Photo by Carole Raddato

2. Sculpture is tough

The boxer of Quirinal, also known as the Terme Boxer, is a Hellenistic Greek sculpture dated around 330 B.C. of a sitting boxer with Caestus, a type of leather hand-wrap, in the collection of the National Museum of Rome. It is one of the two unrelated bronzes (the other being the unidentified Hellenistic Ruler) discovered on the slopes of the Quirinal within a month of each other in 1885, possibly from the remains of the Baths of Constantine. It appears that both had been carefully buried in antiquity. The statue is a masterpiece of Hellenistic athletic professionalism, with a top-heavy over-muscled torso and scarred face, cauliflower ears, broken nose, and a mouth suggesting broken teeth. Photo by Irene Fanizzia, Public Domain.

The boxer of Quirinal, , is a Greek sculpture dated around 330 B.C. It shows a boxer with Caestus, a type of leather hand-wrap, in the collection of the National Museum of Rome. It had been carefully buried in antiquity. The statue is a masterpiece of Hellenistic athletic professionalism, with a top-heavy over-muscled torso and scarred face, cauliflower ears, broken nose, and a mouth suggesting broken teeth. Photo by Irene Fanizzia

3. Sculpture is Pain

A 5th century BCE marble sculpture of one of the daughters of Niobe, dying from an arrow wound in her back. According to the story from Greek mythology Niobe insulted the goddess Lato by thinking herself more worthy. Lato then had her children Apollo and Artemis strike down Niobe's children with their deadly arrows. (Palazzo Massimo, Rome). Photo by Mark Cartwright, CC-BY-NC-SA.

A 5th century BCE marble sculpture of one of the daughters of Niobe, dying from an arrow wound in her back. According to Greek mythology, Niobe insulted the goddess Lato by thinking herself more worthy. Lato had her children Apollo and Artemis strike down Niobe’s children with their deadly arrows. (Palazzo Massimo, Rome). Photo by Mark Cartwright

4. Sculpture is Pleasure

This beautiful bronze sculpture can be found in Loveland, Jeju, Korea

What sculpture is not is obsolete, ghastly, and it definitely is not dead.

Am i right or right?

An Artist or An Art Company

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Sculptors throughout the ages have long since aspired for an artistic status that rivals the great museum-status of the renaissance masters, but what happened to these groups of artists that dared to dream a different direction?

Sculptors throughout the ages have long since aspired for an artistic status that rivals the great museum-status of the renaissance masters, but what happened to these groups of artists that dared to dream a different direction?

Let’s take a look at a case study:

The lladro brothers were tile makers in Valencia, Spain when they began their artistic career as young boys. Two of them were painters and one was a sculptor. With a borrowed capital, they bought a kiln for their small home and started honing their artistic skills in porcelain. Today, the Lladro brothers are the leading company in the industry of fine porcelain, boasting a large porcelain-making city of artists and…

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Derek Ivory’s bird wax sculpture

After an uninspiring long day, i stood near the window overlooking the town from my humble home, drifting in and out of thought, searching for my muse when suddenly, it flapped it wings and flew towards me, in the form of a bird which flapped again the window and then it hit me, why not use the bird and i did with a touch of my own innocent madness.

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Oh! How i love wax. The detailing took a lot of work but it’s my work to do, so what can i do but do it the way i can. Anyway, i hope you like it. Enjoy