Poetry Space, Alligator Plans, -aRe Verse, and Universal Physical Constants
Posted on 29 August 2011
The choices you make matter. ~
The Poetics of Space. I am reading the book with the same name by Gaston Bachelard and you should pick a copy of this if you are interested creating sculptural or architectural spaces. I am about half way through the book and feel en-rapt when reading about recreating the backdrops of our daydreams. Bachelard says that “Center of boredom, centers of solitude, centers of daydream group together to constitute the oneiric house which is more lasting than the scattered memories of our birthplace.” (Side note: the definition of oneiric is dreamlike- I had to look that one up too) He continues to talk about how daydreams are filled with poetic spaces because like poetry the spaces are distilled down to what is essential. So the house of our daydreams has specific references to the places we know but also a place a person can say, like Paul Eluard, “When the peaks of our sky come together/ My house has a roof.” Memories of places capture specific fragments of where you were and where you wish to be. Rilke is referenced in this book with this beautiful description of a lost house: “I never saw this dwelling again. Indeed, as I see it now, the way it appeared to my child’s eye, it is not a building, but is quite dissolved and distributed inside me: here one room, there another, and here a bit of a corridor which, however, does not connect the two rooms, but is conserved in me in fragmentary form. Thus the whole thing is scattered about inside me, the rooms, the stairs that descended with such ceremonious slowness, others, narrow cages that mounted in a spiral movement, the darkness of which we advanced like the blood in our veins.” When making sculpture do you create place? If you do… do you draw from the spaces that play out daydreams or have pieces recalling parts of fond memories? Can anything but poetic space put the universe on rafters? When you try capturing the elusive daydream are you setting yourself up for success? What do you think of when you think of poetic space?
Detailed vs. Alligator tailed Plans? In the last blog post I wondered… should I be planning my sculpture out more before hand than I am now? Should I make small models before adding and subtracting and juggling multiple silhouettes? I added small alligator tail to the back of one of the parts of my current sculpture this past weekend. I couldn’t have planned that ahead of time and it strangely visually balances the back of one of the legs of my platform. I also read this article on Mark di Suvero were he is quoted to say- ”I don’t build small models or draw detailed plans first,” he said. “I start with a vision, a dream of what I want to do, and see where it goes.” How do you begin a sculpture? Can you plan out every vision? Can you catch an alligator by its tail?
-aRe Verse. The first is a poem for my brother Peter and my soon to be sister-in-law Kim. The second is a poem from Raina Wirta! Thanks for all the poems Raina. If you are a sculptor poet and have a poem to share… send it to me to be included in the next blog. You don’t have to be a master poet… I’m not… but I do love poetry.
Finding Constant. Universal physical constants like the speed of light in a vacuum or Newton’s gravitational constant are both universal in nature and constant in time. When life keeps changing and nothing seems to stay constant it can be difficult to walk an unwavering line or keep focus. How do you get past change and hold onto larger goals? It took Gustav Vigland twenty years to build the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo Norway. He was given a building by the city to work in. Without that… would he have been able to create his most famous work, the Monolith, which icludes 121 figures? Do you have constants in your life? Are they both universal in nature and constant in time?…. Are the constants in your life positive? Are you a positive constant in somebody else’s life? Does this impact the art you are making?
Some Sculpture Park Scoop: Mike Hoyt and Jose spoke about their work at the 3D Symposium last Thursday, Bayete is now planning three towering boombox stacks front and back, Carissa and Jonas are building a bike drawing machine with some serious gears, Jose is wiring his solar panels up, Fil is entering the last stretch and wrestling with a few changes to one of his compositions, Jes created a beautiful kite shape out of multiple layers of wood, Caroline has started working with some metal pieces, Nam is making calls and planning his next sculpture moves, Mike is working inside and out of his observing sculpture, on Saturday we had a fine day for the 3D Music Fest, the tandem bike got a work out, the little blue bike got a few more touches of color, Suzanne installed her sculpture!, I attached a marigold painted canopy section and added an 18 foot cantilever for the poetry muse platform/swing, Carissa is working on cleaning up her wings, I am set to go to Josephine Sculpture Park in Kentucky at the end of October, we all sang Karaoke Saturday Night and you’d be surprised at the vocal (non metal) pipes on this sculptor bunch!!- Thanks Mike we needed that, and SO so so so ! much more.
I meet an incredible music family this weekend. Two oboes, a base, and another instrument I can’t recall. We talked a bit about my sculpture and the sculpture park. Thanks for the great questions and conversation. When you visit the park you should consider asking the artists what they are making- you might be surprised. I will be away from the park this weekend… but you shouldn’t be. Read. Read to your kids. Thankshanzlikforthecantileverlifthelp. The weather this time of year is perfect for bringing a car load of friends and family up to the park for a picnic. I really enjoy writing this blog,,, so glad you stopped by.