Sunday, May 10, 2015

Pop Art, Sculpture

Claes Oldenburg, Free Stamp; Willard Park, Cleveland, Ohio, Steel and aluminum; 
painted with polyurethane enamel. 8.8 x 7.9 x 14.9 m, 1991
Claes Oldenburg, Saw, Sawing; Tokyo International 
Exhibition Center, Big Sight, Tokyo. Steel, epoxy resin,
fiber-reinforced plastic, polyurethane and polyvinyl
chloride foams; painted with polyester gelcoat. 
15.4 x 1. 5 x 12.2 m, 1996.

Student's work, Pop Art & Netsuke sculptures, 

American Claes Oldenburg's huge public sculptures of ordinary objects & Japanese Netsuke were my choices last year for teaching 'scale' in the sculpture unit. It worked out well for experiencing techniques too: paper-mache and oversized Pop sculptures, and subtractive carving miniature Netsuke from Japan from plaster.

This year, 2015, Pop sculptures reappeared in Art 1&2 when a soft sculpture of a banana appeared in the fabric/textile unit, after the whole class participated in the silk screening workshop, and tour, at the 'Ludwig goes Pop' exhibit at the Mumok, Vienna.

Y12 Student's work, Tempera paint tray with pucks, and paint brush. 2015

Y12 Student's work, in progress, Elmer's glue, 2015.

Art 1 & 2, field trip to 'Ludwig Goes Pop' exhibit at Mumok, Vienna.

Art 1 & 2 textile project.

Two Videos, below, are shown to students to get a sense of the time period. We also discuss the rise of advertisement and consumerism after WWII with power-point speaker support.