Scuptural Design 1a/G&D1

  Sculptures of concrete Copyright: © K:G

Theme: Art - Form

In the workshops and studios of the department, we investigate methods of plastic and spatial design in an experimental approach to classical and unconventional materials. What matters to us is the development of skills that evolve in the making. The slowed-down time of hand-work then allows reflection and imagination out of the concrete material experience.

Figure + Ground

In what object-space constellations do mass and space act as equally important aspects of sculptural form and space creation? Build an abstract, space-containing object in which mass and space (or figure and ground), in their reciprocal, ambiguous interpenetration, prove to be equivalent aspects of form. "Spatial" means that the mass you design not only occupies space through its own volume, but also "creates" space to the same degree. This happens in that the forms you design open up spaces in the sculpture in their constellation, define and limit the empty space, and thereby make it possible to experience and describe.

Self-forming shapes

'Generate' forms with ceramic materials by purposefully allowing materials, external and internal forces, and their mutual physical interactions to interact in a form-generating setting.In experimenting with clay materials, you develop ideas: Play, that is, experiment with chance to learn about the interplay of materials, forces, and space in a temporal context. Drape and tract materials/combinations so purposefully that they take on gestalt forms 'as if by themselves'. Use (if you want) references for your work by reconstructing them and thereby clearly further developing, modifying, alienating them:Apply the previously gained knowledge in such a way that form emerges from it, which unfolds an artificial, formal, artistic dimension beyond the natural event.

Modularity - Seriality

What effects can be created by repeating the same/similar elements and what abstract means of design are available for this? Build an object according to a self-developed "modular principle", which consists of lawfully related or identical elements. These modules should be aligned according to simple, precise laws and spatially organized (3-dimensional grid system). The material-appropriate constructive, spatial joining of the modules is the focus, in addition to the design/proportion of the modules, e.g. interfitting such as folding, clamping effects, connecting links if necessary, etc.

Threshold shape

Simple geometric initial shapes become complex through transformations. They gain dynamic effects through minimal changes in their contour, through the design of their edges, through their proportions and through their surfaces, which make them seem to float, to move, so that they appear alive and literally 'breathe'. Transformed in this sense either a cylinder or a cuboid.

Prof. Thomas Schmitz Axel Friedrich Mirko Tschauner Anne Bergerfurth Odine Lang Frank Posthoff