From ordinary object to sculpture. Exploring Form, Matter and Space through Sculptural Acts by Dimitri Vangrunderbeek

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Abstract

This research focuses on a process of reflection on the author’s artistic practice. It is an investigation into the mechanisms of the transformative processes whereby ordinary objects are made into sculptures. A reflective framework is constructed around a practice consisting of different methodologies for looking back on older work. It is then possible to gain a new understanding of the core issues of the sculptural practice.

One of the key elements in this investigation is the exploration of the role of ‘acts’ – the physical interventions of the artist on objects – in the process of turning ordinary objects into sculptures. The quality of the sculptural act is investigated, as well as the spatial impact of these acts in relation to form and context.

There is extensive reflection on the specific dimension of the sculptural work in relation to the human scale. The investigation will also explore how the influence of profound experiences with handling furniture can grant a tacit knowledge with respect to dealing with form in relation to a spatial context.

The exploration of the author’s drawing method is a common thread throughout this research. By systematically ‘re-­‐acting’ specific tracing acts with ordinary furniture parts, the sculptural and spatial qualities of the drawing method are explored. Following the contextualisation of the drawing method, the research culminates in the identification of clear connections within the artist’s practice.

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