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Friday Evening Sculpture – with Brandt Junceau
Previous figure classes have asked “Want to know how Rodin did it?” This time around, with a Marino Marini exhibition running concurrently, one might ask, “How did Marini do it?” He (Italian, Pistoia, 1901-1983) had a gift for the body that maybe no one else after Rodin could claim, and of all 20C artists, he was the one sculptor one could say was both a modern (quite a stylish guy, actually) and an ancient. How did he do that?
This class is a lesson in the body, from the model, in clay. We’ll make clay behave in character, which it seems to enjoy. We’ll work without an armature (roughly 18-24” high), and fire what we make: you’ll take it all home. The pieces needn’t include hands and head, and maybe only so much of the arms, or the feet. Our attention is on the “core,” the central volume of the body, that speaks eloquently even without the rest.
Apropos figure and fragment, ancient and contemporary, it will be highly suggest to visit the Marini exhibition, Marino Marini Arcadian Nudes, at CIMA, Center for Modern Italian Art.