by Roz S-L.
If you’ve been around during the last few weeks of school, you’ve most likely noticed the sculptures hanging from the supports of the entryway stairs. You’ve also probably tilted your head in confusion at the strange fractals found in the pieces, until they suddenly twisted on their strings and resolved themselves into something recognizable and beautiful.
This project, undertaken by the Contemporary Studio Art class, has foundations in Cubism, better known as “that Picasso thing”.
Cubism is an artistic style that attempts to show multiple perspectives of a subject at once, creating artwork that portrays more than one idea of what the object is and how it exists in space. The style came about during the early twentieth century, during which heavy industrialization was becoming more commonplace. New technology changed perspectives on static objects; automobiles and airplanes were thrilling and bizarre new ideas. Another influence was World War One itself, which left Europe reeling from its losses and many young people were disillusioned with old values surrounding honor and war. Their sense of having been lied to extended to their art, and they began to examine truth and perspective in exciting new ways, as seen in the Dadaist and Cubist styles.
When asked if he had any particular reason for choosing this as a project for his students, Cameron Jack was more than ready with his response. “This project presents students with a creative challenge that bridges aesthetics and engineering,” he said. “The aesthetic element is centered around Cubism, such a conceptually rich and interesting period, which makes a great launching pad for ideas. Cubism has influences that are echoed in the rapid cultural and technological shifts that we see around us today and I think that students identify with this. As students’ ideas grow, they give rise to the structural challenges presented by the particular materials and adhesives used for this project. I find the delicate and precise balancing act of these extremely fragile structures, suspended effortlessly in space, to be quite magical and I love seeing the multiple perspectives they reveal over time.”
So, congratulations to everybody else in Studio Art; you did good. As for me, even I’m not sure exactly what my piece is supposed to be.
If you want to see more student artwork, you can check out this year’s studio art blogs here:
Photographed pieces made by Meredith Loy and Roz Sullivan-Lovett, respectively.