All pieces pictured are from the 2016 BFA Exhibition at Alfred University.
Jordana Carlson. Basket Case (Overlap). Porcelain and Slip. 2016
This sculpture is immediately recognizable as a basket or something close to it. It’s not an exact replica of a basket, as it has two overlapping handles, making the piece abstracted, but figurative none the less.
Sculpture using primarily point, line, and plane
Chelsea Leung. Define Dimensions. Acrylic. Wire. 2016.
This scuplture perfectly embodies point, line, and plane. The sides of the pyramid are the planes, and they are each riddled with points. These points are connected by the lines woven between the planes.
Sculpture using primarily rythm and balance
Chelsea Leung. Untitled. Latex on Wood Panel. 2016.
Leung’s Untitled has a rhythm created by the intersecting and overlapping lines on the huge circular panel. They seem to make the piece almost buzz. The balance is created by using darker, cool colors in the bottom half of the work, and warm colors in the top.
Sculpture using primarily volume
Mary Gasper. Remnant. Wire, Wax. 2016.
The volume in this artwork is contained within it as well as around it. The honey comb shaped wire comes seems to come out of the wall, reaching as far out as it can. At the same time, the wire is also acting as a net, encompassing the space within it.
Sculpture using primarily scale change
Isabella A. Duncan. Acrylic on Canvas with Chains. 2016.
The paintings here are of different parts of butchered animals. Duncan paints chickens’ and pigs’ feet as large as whole animal carcasses, representing that any loss to any animal has the same impact.
An example of modular design
Danielle Furia. Blossoms. Ceramic, Terra Sigillatta.
Blossoms represents midular design as the seperate “blossoms” can be rearranged at will and fit with each other so well. The individual “blossoms” are also made up of terra sigillatta tiles and small ceramic pearls that can easily be moved around and interchanged within the work.
Sculpture using primarily space
Zach Zmirak. Bricks, Glass, Ratchet Strap. Hard bricks, Tempered glass, Ratchet straps. 2016
Zmirak’s sculpture utilizes both positive and negative space. The mirrored image of the bricks and glass held together by the ratchet straps make up the positive space. The distance between them makes up the negative space, which is large enough for a person to walk through comfortably.
Sculpture creating movement
Caroline Zimmerli. Disfigured Esteem. Ceramic.
This sculpture has excellent movement throughout. The different branches of the sculture snake up and around each other towards the sky. The separate pieces themselves are texture to appear as though they are twisting and writhing upward.
Sculpture using primarily color
Kendra Newell. The Playground.
Newell’s interactive piece is full of color. She uses several colors in no real order to invoke a childlike joy in her sculpture. The colorful bricks also move like playground equipment to reveal more, exciting colors on the underside of the bricks.
Sculpture using primarily texture
Victoria Ryan. Lavender, Butterscotch, and Coral Squiggle. Cone 6 Oxidation, Stoneware, 2016.
These vases contain a great deal of texture. The squiggle pattern makes an elegant, yet bumpy texture that one can imagine feeling by just looking at it.
Sculpture using pattern
Jordana Carlson. Marked Vase. Porcelain and Slip. 2016.
The patterns on this vase are invoked from the lines used. The lines are used to make shapes that repeat around the circumference of the vase. Each level on the vase contains a different quality of line that makes the pattern unique yet congruous to those above and below it.
Sculpture using primarily mixed media
Zach Zmirak. Bucket, Teeter Totter, Pipe, Bucket. Paper, Teeter totter, Steel pipe, Aluminium. 2016.
This sculpture has obvious mixed media elements. Zmirak uses twi different types of bucket (a painted one made from paper and an ordinary aluminium one) sitting across from eachother, balanced perfectly on a teeter totter. The teeter totter is fixed to the floor and the wall by a steel pip to keep the sculpture upright.
Sculpture primarily conceptual
Francesca Souza. Coalesce. Tempered glass, Cement, Spray Paint, Plywood.
Souza’s Coalesce series of sculptures have the concept that upcycling can make beautiful art pieces and charming furniture. She uses cement, wood, and recovered tempered glass in a way that is new and unfamiliar. This shows that almost anything can be upcycled instead of thrown away.
Sculpture using time and motion
Zach Zmirack. Bricks, Chair, Clay, Wood. Soft bricks, Wooden Chair, Raw Clay, Wood. 2016.
In this sculpture, the bricks on the end of the piece of wood bob up and down, eventually slowing themsleves down or stopping until the artist sets them to moving again. The gradual slowing movement og the bricks and wood represent the time in this sculpture, while the movement itself represents the motion.