Biomorphic abstraction - metal casting/WF

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Biomorphic abstraction - colloquially also called 'organic shaping', was originally developed by sculptors and painters. Artists such as Hans Arp or Joan Miró were fascinated by the formal language of nature at the beginning of modernism and tried to apply this expressive power of growing and becoming, of pulsating and expanding living volumes in their works. Where Hans Arp sought a 'human concretion' - a highly abstracted approach to the forms of the human body - so this sculptural form-finding evolved into today's industrially applied 'organic design' as advocated by architects or product designers.
Today's artistic epigones are Richard Deacon and Tony Cragg or Thomas Rentmeister; they sometimes combine the aspect of 'human concretion' with form strategies that they interpret from macroscopic images of plant or animal morphology, or transfer into the work logic of craft-technical shaping processes and constructions.

In the seminar, participants pursue their own strategies and work these out into sculptures. First of all, sculpting can be done with different plastic masses. For metal casting, only the traditional sand casting method is used. The models developed can later be cast in various metals (aluminum, zinc, bronze, etc.). Metal sculptures about the size of a fist (200-300 cm³) can be created.

Date: Mondays 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Sculptor's Studio/Wüllnerstraße

Course start: 17.04.2023
Material contribution: Basic amount 30 €, depending on the effort, additional costs may arise individually.

Axel Friedrich, Prof. Thomas Schmitz