Sculpture Department

koscak_philip_untitled_belljar_2016

Philip Košćak
untitled (The Bell Jar), 2016
sleeping bag, Visqueen, iridescent velour, galvanized steel wire, purple light
approximately 8’ x 8’ x 19’

2015-16 Sculpture Department Newsletter

Sculpture Departmental Philosophy

The Academy functions as a creative bell jar, an environment to explore, define, and develop potential. The process of questioning is the personal conduit to the comprehension of our social, political, and moral environment. Sculpture is produced through the continual evolution between idea and form that embodies this spirit of inquiry. The Sculpture Department can be defined as an attempt to instigate changing perceptual experiences through three dimensions. The intent is to learn about one’s own work through criticism, dialogue, and interaction with individuals pursuing related goals with equal intensity. Artists work within a context delineated by the cultural, ideological, and political systems of their time. A critical grasp of historical issues and iconography is essential to extend and provoke the parameters of contemporary art.

Eleanor Sabin Intrusion 1, 2015 pen and india ink, airbrushed acrylic 22" x 34"

Eleanor Sabin
Intrusion 1, 2015
pen and india ink, airbrushed acrylic, 22″ x 34″

Program

The departmental emphasis is upon studio production with a full-time commitment to the expansion of ideas. The curriculum centers around individual and group critiques with the head of the department, visiting artists, curators, and critics. All students are given reading and writing assignments, to research and explore contemporary art issues. These readings and writings mirror issues raised by visiting artists, the Artists-in-Residence, and student concerns.

Johannah Herr
Eat with Both Mouths
2014
materials: own footage using salt and pigment, patterns based on Estonian knitwear motifs
details: 1 min video loop projected onto exterior wall of Galeri Metropol in Tallinn, Estonia
appropriated footage: Youtube footage culled through keywords “Estonia + culture”
dimensions: Projected 20′ x 30′

Facilities

The Sculpture Department is housed in a 6,500 square foot complex, comprised of individual studio spaces and shared work facilities. Equipment for metal fabrication includes M.I.G., T.I.G., Arc and oxy-acetylene welders, hydraulic shear, brake, slip roller, and pneumatic tools.

Facilities also exist within the Sculpture courtyard to provide a safe environment for the experimentation of epoxies and polyester resins, fiberglass, and plastics. Two 12’ x 15’ cross draft booths, equipped with outside air breathing systems, are part of this facility. Wood construction is also easily accomplished due to the department’s direct proximity to the Academy Woodshop.

Chrissy Scolaro On the Beach, Not in a Drawer 2015 steel tube, vinyl, paint dimensions of installation variable, each structure is approximately 10' x 9' x 9'

Chrissy Scolaro
On the Beach, Not in a Drawer
2015
steel tube, vinyl, paint
dimensions of installation variable, each structure is approximately 10′ x 9′ x 9′

Logan Hamilton Acton Dragged Across a Forest Floor 2015 acrylic, black light, sod, paint, wood, hardware 4' x 24' x 8'

Logan Hamilton Acton
Dragged Across a Forest Floor
2015
acrylic, black light, sod, paint, wood, hardware
4′ x 24′ x 8′

Antonia B. Larkin Blackout So White 2016 Mounted Photograph 75"x 95"

Antonia B. Larkin
Blackout So White
2016
Mounted Photograph
75″x 95″