At one point I thought this figure was finished. (I think his development is featured in the last posting). I lost confidence in him one morning, probably too much coffee and a bad phone call, these things happen. I unintentionally started again, this rebuild took a month.
I was re-reading Kenneth Clarke’s ‘The Nude’, in the studio, love that book, its set in a 50’s time warp so don’t expect new man. His poetic analysis of sculpture, the Apollo and Venus forms et al is wonderful, and the narrative from 6th century Greek, to the Renaissance is a great journey. I found myself responding to the text as I made this figure from legs inspired by Kouris, to the Greco ‘Cnidian’ torso. Then ideas about the angle of head looking straight ahead setting the figure in the present. This together with my usual exposed armatures, fragmented arms and the odd wrapping thrown in.
I began to like him at this stage, Just as Kenneth was tackling the sublimity of Donatello’s waist as apposed to the Greek ‘Cuirasse Esthetique’ (The formalised stomach looking like a suit of armour), and the beauty of the thorax. I focussed on the abdomen for a few days.
I think i’m stopping here and get a make a mould, then develop him in wax.
The Dissemination block.
Here is a progression of one of my block pieces, cutting shapes out and sticking them to the outer edges to begin with, then letting it lead..
Some smaller figures developed along the same lines in wax
This is a ‘Torso’, a wax torso cut up and arranged,
inspired by Ethiopian Coptic Crosses.
It’s part of ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, half a million people visit the show!
A gallery exhibition is attached to this, I won the top prize, $5000.00
Thankyou to my mate John Esling for sharing this image of an unfinished Kouros figure in the ground in Greece,
The lying man featured in my last posting reminded him of it.
As did this wonderful image of Bruce Nauman ‘Failing to Levitate’ form the 60’s Thanks to Paul Cope for that.
Thats all for now.
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