Posted: January 15, 2004
The Neo-Futurist Nude was one of my biggest sculptural challenges to date. The first major challenge was its 3/4 scale. As you can see from two images at the top of the page, I used a plaster cast mold over a clay sculpture, released the mold, and poured the final plaster product. Besides the technical challenges of creating a sculpture of this scale, I wanted to focus on the importance of the shapes in the form.
Quite obviously, the Cubist and Futurist art movements inform this artwork. In addition, I wanted to expose the elements of the figure and juxtapose them toward another in an obvious struggle for attention. Like most artists, I find the human form to be one of the most challenging things to represent. Not only because we experience the human form through a human form, namely our cognitive perception, but so many of the core visual notions that drive any expression are from primordial concepts of shape and form in the human body. Below you can see the finished work as presented at the McMaster University New Space. I enjoy the challenge of developing an artifact that successfully occupies a gallery space. By this I mean a form that has an element of attraction from all angles of perspective – essentially a well worked sculpture in the round.