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Friday Evening Sculpture – with Brandt Junceau (In-Person)

Fall 2020

Course Full – please email Registrar Amber Duntley aduntley@nyss.org to join the waitlist.

Course Description

Michelangelo was asked, Maestro, what makes a good sculpture? Notoriously pithy, he said if it rolls down a hill and nothing breaks off… it’s good.

This Friday evening course will turn on a fundamental problem: what is the most compact figure one can make? We’ll talk and argue and work it out from a model. The problem goes back to the beginning, to prehistory in fact, and plays out all over again today. We’ll have frequent short slide talks, including Michelangelo’s crouching boy, moving up through Rodin’s Caryatide, and Maillol’s cubic nudes, to Kiki Smith’s Lilith, among others. Solving the problem introduces techniques of compression, and modelling for amplitude, emphasizing some anatomy and concealing inexpressive details. As Michelangelo said, not too literal, please. This is not a how-to course. It’s a What, Why and How Does That Make One Feel and What Does This Mean how-to course. Each class closes with a group review of individual progress: in effect, a studio visit.

Course Syllabus

Teacher

Brandt Junceau

INSTRUCTOR

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