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! Plane in Space

Critique & Due date:

February 18th

4 Part Project:
1. Planar Research (sketchbook) 2. Readings & Responses 3. 3 Maquettes 4. the Sculpture itself You will end the project with one sculpture based on Planar constructions.

Introductio n:
In the first project you began to explore the interaction between linear elements and the space they occupy. Your investigations showed how one or more elements can displace space, create or delineate space, and relate to space. You became aware of the architectural situation that contains space and other elements. A plane is the extension of a linear element in parallel motion. Many of you began creating the illusion of a plane in the first project by the way you delineated the boundaries or contours of a space. In this project you will be asked to consider the planar form and its effect on one’s perception of space. How might you manipulate or construct a plane or wall form in a way which creates, informs or delineates space? There are many possible variables for the plane: size, shape, weight, mass, materiality, texture, density, transparency, opacity, open and closed areas, direction, thickness, boundaries, access, form, function, intention, concept... material, mental, visual, and social variables.

!Shaping Space and Form

| Spring 2014 | University of Florida | Erin Curry

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Part I PLANAR RESEARCH: Photos & Artists

due: 1.30

What planes surround you? What planes do you interact with on a daily basis? What planes intrigue you? For this project you will photograph planes of all types from your surroundings and bring in 10 photos that will both inform and inspire your future plane construction. Be ambitious, be inventive, think large and think small. In addition to your photos you will print at least 5 images from artists that work with planes. Your photos and artist images should be mounted on one surface (poster board, foam core, etc.) and ready for class discussion on Thursday, 1.30 Read Declaring, Defining, and Dividing Space: An interview with Richard Serra, The Legacy of Alexander Calder, and Rethinking Judd (p. 45-63 in your packet). Write a reflection on one article, but be prepared to discuss all three. Reflections should include a brief summary of the articles’ main points and your own reaction to the article, work, and how it connects to plane in space. Responses should be one typed page; double spaced. Edit carefully. Responses are due on Thursday 2.06.

Part II Readings & Responses due: Thurs 2.06

Part III Maquettes & Sketchbook due: Thurs 2.06

What methods might you use to build your construction? Speculate, experiment, do several studies. Maquettes are small scale, 3-D sketches of your project. Maquettes are an integral part of a sculptor‘s process and allow for quicker ideations and better visual problem solving. For this project you will each bring in THREE maquettes that will serve as models for your proposed projects, along with sketches and research in your sketchbook. Refer to handout for more information on maquettes. Work out your ideas and plans in your sketchbook. You should include references for your ideas (what artists did you look up or research from lecture/discussion?), sketches, notes, scale, material lists, and other relevant information about your sculpture. Think of the space within and/or around the work, not just the object. How is your construction interacting in space and with its environment? Provide notes for yourself concerning your intentions. ***Sketchbook use is an integral part of an artist’s practice and of this course. The exercises and brainstorming in the sketchbook are designed to enhance ideation, understanding of concepts, and as a method to w ork out ideas before committing to them on a larger scale. Books w ill be checked for each project. Use the space and ex ercises to your adv antage! Maquettes and sketchbooks are due for informal critique at the beginning of class on 2.06. Note: Your sketchbooks will also be due for grading on critique day.

!Shaping Space and Form

| Spring 2014 | University of Florida | Erin Curry

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Part IV Sculpture & Artist Statement

due: T 2.18

Construct a planar sculpture. Your material for your final plane project is cardboard. This can be bought in sheets at CFOP or from recycled boxes available at stores around Gainesville. Cardboard, as we will see during class experimentation, is an easily manipulated material, allowing for bending and shaping while maintaining its structural integrity. Pay close attention to craft with the cardboard (x-acto knife/straight edge ruler/sanding down edges). What methods might you use to build your construction? Speculate, experiment, do several studies. You are encouraged to transform the cardboard by manipulating it in interesting and unusual ways (see handout for ideas). You may use other materials to join, cover, and manipulate the material, but the main material must be cardboard. The size requirements for this project are 48“x48“ (4’x4‘) in any direction. Think carefully about the way your sculpture is installed in the critique space or courtyard. We will be talking about placement and interaction with the environment and architecture in your critique. Final Projects are due installed and ready to be critiqued at 8:20am. As with the last project, your sculpture can be designed for the classroom, the critique space, another space in FAC (as long as they do not disrupt traffic or damage walls, ceiling, or floors), or in an appropriate location outside within the Fine Arts Complex (see below). Your sculpture can be located anywhere in the space: on the floor, the walls, between walls, etc. but may not be suspended from the ceiling unless discussed with me first. Context for your sculpture is important. Think about how and where you install your sculpture in the space. How does one interact with it? Does your viewer have to crouch to see it? Is it hidden or in the way? Sculptures should be no more than 48 inches (4 feet) in any direction. ***Note: any projects intended for spaces outside the classroom or crit space must get prior approval from me to propose the project to the Director of the School of Art + Art History. Materials: cardboard, sketchbook for documentation, research materials, and drawing materials. Fishing line and spray paint may not be used without my approval. Statement: You must complete a typed, double-spaced artist statement for each project that is no more than a page in length. Guidance and class time will be provided to help you get your statement in order if need be. The statement should address the central concepts and themes of your work and briefly explain how you have fulfilled the goals and objectives of the project. How did you use planes in space to make a sculpture? You should also mention research that influenced your project and explain its significance. The research is meant to allow you the opportunity to learn more about things that interest you. Consider your statement as another opportunity to captivate your viewer. Statements should be wellwritten, carefully edited, fluid, and concise.

!Shaping Space and Form

| Spring 2014 | University of Florida | Erin Curry

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Evaluation :
o Ev ol ut io n from proposal to finished work o Cr af ts ma ns hip - Is the work well crafted? Is it presented professionally? Are details attended to? o Ae st he ti c Con ce rn s - Is the work coherent, are you using effective forms of visual communication? o Co nc ep tu al Ri go r - Are you making active, thoughtful choices in material, form, and ideas? o In ve nt iv en ess Developing your ability to solve problems and devise new approaches will help you to achieve not only the course objectives, but also personal goals. New and unusual approaches often lead to discovery in your work. Demonstrate your willingness to move beyond basic requirements and boundaries. Did you take RISKS? Is your voice present in the work? o Pe rs on al I nve st me nt- Did you invest time and mental effort? Did you learn and use new skills? o Su cc es sf ul re so lu ti on o f t he a ss ig ned p ro bl em Did you resolve the assignment in an interesting way? o Ex pe ri me nt ati on within the parameters of the project guidelines. Did your maquettes show diversity and depth? Are the lessons you learned apparent in the final work? (Note: Project 2 is worth 12% of your final grade. All your projects together are worth 60% of your final grade. Exercises, sketchbook, and writing are graded separately).

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!Shaping Space and Form

| Spring 2014 | University of Florida | Erin Curry

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