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art history paper #2 - Jose Revuelta TA: Jenny Lin, Disc....

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Jose Revuelta TA: Jenny Lin, Disc. 1J Art History 54 Formal Analysis/ Sculpture Auguste Rodin’s The Walking Man , 1905, and Richard Serra’s T.E.U.C.L.A. , both break with accepted traditions of the past and create forms more in tune with the temper of the age. With differences in use of space, relations of the human body, and dimensions of space and time, Rodin makes his sculpture as a personal interpretation which resembles the way we look at our bodies, while Serra creates a sculpture for public interpretation which must be experienced from the center. Both artists give differing views on how the body is viewed, but Serra invites the viewer to create meaning from the sculpture, while Rodin already has meaning in the form of sculpture. The latter creates a sculpture that has meaning given to us while the former creates a sculpture with different forms of meaning depending on the body who views. Interpretation of the body in relation to sculpture is initially formed by the sculptor, but the final meaning depends on the viewer, based on what they interpret from the sculpture. Rodin gives less ground for interpretation of the body than does another sculptor, Serra, who gives the viewer an opening for the viewer to create more meaning of the body for themselves. From afar, both sculptures show no odd behavior, the Rodin looks like any other sculpture, with no imperfections, like Aristide Maillol’s Torso , 1938. While the Serra, resembles a symmetrical and geometrically correct sculpture. But upon closer inspection, the Rodin, looks deformed and giant, with holes and cracks in the front and in the back evidence of clumps of clay plastered on to hide any mistake, which is shown in the final bronze product. By then, the Rodin seems to contradict Maillol’s work: Rodin’s bronze cast is not smooth; it shows the cracks and the evidence of handiwork, while Maillol’s is smooth as if careful steps were taken in its creation, very much unlike Rodin’s. Serra’s
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Jose Revuelta TA: Jenny Lin, Disc. 1J Art History 54 sculpture, stands monolithic, yet looks as if it’s about to collapse. Even from higher ground, Serra’s sculpture seems symmetrical, but when one looks at it from an angle, some sides seem to be jutting out, while other sides seem to cave in. Rodin’s sculpture was created through a process where a clay model was made, then covered by wax, creating a mold, and then hot bronze is poured in, filling in the mold, creating the final product. This method is the traditional method of creating sculptures, dating back to the days of the Renaissance. When one sees the sculpture, one will think of Michelangelo, to old sculpting methods. Serra, on the other hand, takes a different approach. His process is a more industrial one, involving sheet metal being cut into portions to ease transportation and shipment. When heated, the pieces are steamrolled into curved shapes, which in the end, will fit together to create elliptical shapes. One sees Serra’s work as renouncing the
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