Re: Abstract Art vs Realism
Hi, I think that both learning to do the figure in clay and also life drawing are important and necessary for a sculptors development.
My main sculptor teacher & mentor, wouldn't let anyone do non-obj work until they learned realism first!
It's how you learn to discriminate what to put in & what to leave out, to get to the essense of what your trying to say.
I do non-obj steel sculpture but I value very highly those life drawing & clay classes that I took.
In the end it all boils down to the sculptors creativity & intelligence.
2 examples of great work on this sight.
Under "sculpture news & events", check out "Reliquiae" by Sam Spicczka.
Under "Images Gallery", check out "Forgiving Wall" by Mountainsong.
Both works are better by far than the following piece, which, although he seems to know his anatomy, for my money, he hasn't learned how to sculpt.
That piece would be.
Under "Images Gallery", check out "Wow, what a sculpture", posted by Merlion.
Not a very good piece! No taste or discrimination, just lumped everything in, so much so that, to me, it says nothing.
Now, it seems as if he knows anatomy, so I would be contradicting myself, but I don't think he knows how to SEE.
Have a great day,