So like I told you in the first post of gumption 2.0, I fell in love with sculpture this year. When we have art classes in high school, we mostly see painters, so this new world was really a revelation for me.
So here is my top three favourite sculptors.
3. Naum Gabo
Russian sculptor; he was one of the first to do constructions instead of sculptures. He did not mold or carve but built, which permitted him to create things which were impossible before (you couln't mold or carve the sculpture on the right). With all these new possibilities, he was able to use empty spaces as a part of his sculpture (ex: all the spaces between the metal rods) and with that, he discovered that volumes of space itself was sculptable, not only volumes of mass.
He also sculpted time in his pieces. By having a rythm that would unite every part of his sculpture, he was able to introduce the 4th dimension; one that has never been mastured as well since.
2. Constantin Brancusi
Opposed Gabo, he was a 'classic' sculptor. He was the student of Auguste Rodin (the thinker), but he decided to leave the workshop of his master so he could become the master he is today.
Brancusi wasn't an abstract sculptor, he created things that really existed; however he wasn't representing it in its figurative way, he was only representing the essential. For exemple, the sculpture on the right is a bird, but it represents the freedom, the lightness and the mouvement of one.
1. Damien Hirst
He works with the concept of death and life, examining the moments where both life and death are presents and ou living relationship with death (the piece on the right is called the physical impossibility of death inside the mind of someone living).
This post isn't supposed to be an extensive essay about those three sculptors, I just wanted to present you my fav 3. If you would like to know more, there are a lot of books out there. My favourite one is a little about Damien Hirst but mostly about contemporary art; and it's called 'The $12 Million Stuffed Shark'.