Architecture as Sculpture and Sculpture Incorporating Space

Here is my blog post about the German napkin.

Right now I’m tapping into that layer of myself exposed in Anne Trieba’s portraits and embrace my shadow side.  I want to love her as much as I love my chocolate covered side (that is what Germans call your positive traits).  My shadow side is full of dark humour and dark thoughts which do not include an ounce of milk chocolate optimism or encouragement.

As I delved into my dark side, I received an email from an artist who mentioned Gregor Schneider.  Gregor Schneider is an artist who builds rooms and sculptures letting the space act as an integral part of his artwork.  You can find examples on his website and in this article about his black cube sculpture. (not this black cube, but this one.) (Here is info about his houses and rooms )

Gregor Schneider grabs hold of the German idea that architecture is one of the highest forms of art and removes the engineering/utilitarian aspect focusing  purely on form. His buildings/rooms/sculptures feel purposeful but serve no utilitarian purpose and this makes people uncomfortable.

Gregor’s black cube

Another artist who elicits a response from people by using space as part of the sculpture is Richard Serra.

Richard Serra – Guggenheim – Bilbao

In Bilbao, Visitors walk into an exhibition space and are immersed in the artwork of Richard Serra.  They become an integral part of his work. The sculpture pieces encased in the museum are too large to comprehend while wandering through them.  A photograph/video/sketch is the only way to put the experience into perspective and meld the sensory and intellectual experience created by the art piece.  While you are within the piece, you are unable to fully grasp the artists intention you can only grasp your emotional response to being within the art piece.

Many people do not want to be absorbed or overwhelmed by art or the personality of the artist who created it – they avoid large pieces of art.   So many large works  are artificial and contrived placating an artist’s ego rather than an expressing an idea or an emotion.   Ideally larger works should be created to start a conversation and encourage a dialogue beyond the one created between the artist and the medium used to create the art.  If an artist wants to go big, they need to have the talent to go big not necessarily the ego.

If you want to read my thoughts about Art, Craft and Design, you can wander over here.