Discover the possibilities of multi-dimensional art in a workshop that focuses on how the use of objects – new and repurposed – defines forms and conveys meaning. You are introduced to contemporary and modern artists whose sculptural works exemplify the language of two- and three-dimensional form. Through presentations and demonstrations, students are exposed to a variety of materials and techniques that highlight the use of the found object in sculpture. We create sculptures of personal meaning while investigating design, form, structure and ways in which objects convey context.
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We experience the use of divergent materials to create works. A variety of found objects, such as old tools, furniture, toys, etc., are used to create sculptures. Construction, binding, wrapping and other ways of adhering and incorporating objects, both physically and visually, are demonstrated and discussed.
We explore the basic principles of two- and three-dimensional design through demonstrations, lectures and discussions. We visit local thrift shops to source our materials. Students have the experience of working with a variety of materials and techniques. Group discussions are an important aspect of the workshop.
Arthur Simms is an associate professor of art and runs the art program at LaGuardia Community College, a CUNY school in New York City. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Rome Prize, Guggenheim, Tiffany, Creative Capital, Joan Mitchell, Pollock-Krasner and American Academy of Arts and Letters. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, Arthur represented the country of Jamaica in the 49th Venice Biennial.