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Full-Figure Sculpture Marathon – IN-PERSON – with Brandt Junceau

Course full.

Summer 2022

Course Description

The life-size figure is a touchstone of sculpture. To make something one’s own size, standing like oneself, with every surface, every feature– a head, a face, a gaze like our own– that’s a peculiar proposition, unlike everything else mankind makes for itself. It must have been very strange and intimidating the first time, in prehistory. Done right, it continues to be.

Since Rodin, the life size figure walked away from rhetorical demonstration, toward daily life. Which has recently been perhaps best exemplified in photography– the Beach Portraits of Rineke Dijkstra and the Museumgoers of Thomas Struth, for example. Likewise, the figure of this course is the body as lived-in today.

For the quickest possible start, the armatures will be ready for work the first morning. The pose is nearly at rest: very little implied motion, very little gesture, so “signing,” behavior trending to zero, so the body speaks for itself. This class isn’t an anatomy lesson– we make a language of the body.  We can’t use everything we see, we have to ask what tells and what suggests, and what makes a message of a body?  That message is music, essentially a song, strung from head to toe. One needn’t have done this before to try it in June. Bring readiness to try for trying’s sake.  The takeaway is ten day’s confrontation with a life – the model. He’s a character, not an apple in a still life, playing in a drama of two week’s quiet watching, thinking, making.

Course Syllabus

Teacher

Brandt Junceau

INSTRUCTOR

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