This is the first post, a visual diagram of my understanding of the medium of sculpture, for English 742 Media Culture at UWM. These class-related posts can be found in the “ENG742” category.
I should note that I know very little about sculpture, but am interested in the physicality and multimedia possibilities offered through what I understand of the medium. The diagram and notes below make the assumption of what I might refer to as “fine art” sculpture: expensive and displayed primarily at large institutions. Of course, there are many varieties of sculpture, from cars buried in the desert to roadside dinosaurs made of welded and rusted metal scrap.
three-dimensional, tactile, visual. can incorporate other media (Kryptos). can be readymade. metal, wood, wax, granite, marble, anything pliable or malleable.
viewer must occupy same time/space as sculpture (read), but usually the sculptor (write) does not occupy same space as viewer.
sculpture can be displayed in/outside, usually housed by institution (cultural, commercial)
expensive to own
can be protest/subversive (street art, readymade)
Image credits (all via Flickr): Laocoon (sethschoen); Kryptos (wanderingYew2); I.M. Pei Louvre (Nelson Minar), Paik (C-Monster), Banksy (Ben Gunn Baker). Duchamp’s Fountain via Wikipedia.