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Planned vs Emergent Art

I have been reflecting further on my tutor feedback (Howard, 2020) and how I apply myself to my work. I am starting to think that there is a concept in art that is similar to Planned verses Emergent strategy in business. (Riley, 2020) At one extreme art works can be meticulously planned and executed, including reams of preparatory drawings and other work. At the other extreme one might only take an initiating action and the outcome is essentially emergent based on relatively uncontrolled factors. There is clearly a host of possibilities in between.

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Research point: Clay

As with some of the previous research items of the course this is a fairly open research brief, though the context of Clay Modelling limits the scope of the research somewhat. I have approached it as a consideration of sculptural technique and the range of work possible with clay.

Donatello (c.1386–1466)

Fig. 1. Bust of Niccolo da Uzzano

Donatello will have made extensive use of clay in his work, though much of the clay work he produced will be visible now as bronze sculptures. The V&A website discusses (V&A, 2020) the tradition of Italian Terracotta Sculpture in the context of Donatello and others. They assert that Terracotta figures, like that in Fig. 1., were used as a cost effective alternative to completing works in more expensive materials.

Whether created as part of the production process for a bronze, or to provide a cheaper alternative for a portrait the use of clay in sculpture at this point was extensive. There doesn’t seem to be a readily available document of how Donatello would have worked with clay, but the most likely approach is that a solid form would have been made on an armature and then hollowed out. Its likely this would have been performed by slicing into the work, hollowing it and then putting it back together with slip. Some Terracotta Sculptures have an open back, which allows you to see the marks left by the hollowing process.

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Brancusi, Endless Column

Fig. 1 Endless Column

I have previously looked at Brancusi in general, and his “Endless Column” in particular. My consideration of his work, however, was brief and left me with little appreciation of the work. It was reading Anthony Gormley’s words on the work (Gormley, 2015:94) which made me think that this was worth focusing on in more depth.

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Contemporary figurative ceramics comparison

One of the challenges I was set by my tutor (Thompson, 2019) was to complete a comparative analysis of two pieces of sculpture. Having previous seen Annie Peaker work, and going to a making demonstration by Brendan Hesmondhalgh I decided that this was a strong starting juncture.

Annie Peaker

Fig 1. Annie Peaker Polar Bears
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British Museum Trip

We were in London recently and decided to add a visit to the British Museum to the trip. Whilst there we visited two exhibitions: “Troy myth and reality” (British Museum, 2020) and the Prints and Drawings Gallery.

Note: This was written up considerably after the visit, due to time limitations. I have published it, however, at the time of the visit based on my thoughts at the time.

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Trip to York Art Gallery

We visited York Art Gallery whilst we were up there on a weekend trip. There were two main areas that we looked at: Paintings and Ceramics. Of the Ceramics, a significant proportion were sculptural in nature, and I have focused on those in this consideration of the trip.

Note: Although I wrote this up considerably later I have dated the post at the time of the visit to better fit it into the context of the course. This introduces a slight discrepancy, as the write up is from just after the submission of Assignment 2 based on my thoughts at the time.

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