Archive for the ‘Week 5’ Category

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Visit to the Limehouse

March 24, 2008

Bronze is a very appealing material; it can be very smooth and will last forever. As I don’t know anything about sculpting, casting, molding, I decided to visit and learn from professional. This foundry uses one of the oldest techniques called Lost Wax. The lost wax process is a traditional method of casting bronze sculpture, which goes back in time to something like 5000 years. It is still used today in the casting of bronze sculpture because of the ability to achieve very fine detail and deep undercuts although more modern equipment and methods are used nowadays. This little guided tour was very interesting. Unfortunately it is not something I can do at home. I have to forget about lost wax techniques due to the price, time and skills required. However there are some other ways to get some very interesting result such as cold cast.

Work on progress.
http://www.bronzeage.co.uk/

Video: Lost Wax Bronze Casting

Lost wax Bronze casting process

Cold Cast

This technique involves combining bronze powder with epoxy resin to produce a thick liquid, which is poured into a silicone mould. The result is generally quite impressive as well, but of course not as valuable

http://www.sculpturesinbronze.co.uk/methodology.html

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Digital Sculpture

March 22, 2008

Bruce Beasley

Beasley is a recognize sculptor who uses 3 dimensional modeling to create his pieces. The digital tool allows him to work on the sculpture in a very spontaneous way, and accident can be save and developed in a very interesting manner.  I found some of his work very intense. The shapes used are generally very simple, but harmoniously put together. I am very keen on this kind of approach, using abstract geometric shapes with heavy concrete materials, such as bronze, aluminums…etc.

DAEDALUS
Cast Aluminum,1963

http://www.brucebeasley.com/home.htm

Corinne Whitaker

I have been looking into different Virtual and Digital sculpture’s forum, and this name kept pop in up.  I am desperately searching for her website (she must have one).
Here we go:
http://www.giraffe.com/

I felt very hard to find a female artist in the digital world. So it was quite endearing to find one in this field.  This artist creates sensuous and organic shape virtually and physically.   I really like the simplicity of the forms, and in the same time, you can feel a very strong touch of feminism.

http://www.sculpture.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/243

“There are those who feel that digital art is created by a machine. I suspect that the same discomfort was expressed about photography some 150 years ago. The computer is essentially a big dumb box with almost infinite potential. It takes the sensitivity of the artist to work magic with any tool, be it paintbrush, crayon or computer.” Corinne Whitaker
http://talentdevelop.com/interviews/Page1026.html