Biomorphic Abstraction/SGD+EM

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Biomorphic abstraction - colloquially also called 'organic design' - 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 - this sculptural form-finding developed 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.
Henry Moore summed up this attitude with the quote: ...not a copy of nature, but built according to the laws of nature..." he wanted to develop his own forms in a dialectic of form analysis and artistic synthesis.
In the seminar, the participants pursue their own strategies and work them into sculptures. In the sculpture studio, different plastic masses can be used for modelling and casting, but also other abutting (wire, etc.) or ablative methods (wood, cardboard, etc.) can be used.

Course times: Wednesdays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Bildhaueratelier/Wüllnerstraße

Material fee: Basic amount 25 €, depending on the effort, additional costs may arise individually.

Supervisor: Axel Friedrich, Prof. Thomas Schmitz