Pediment – triangular section of the facade of a classical building above a colonnade/entry way
on an end wall.
Somatic – Of or relating to the human body as distinct from the mind
Tactile – pertaining/affecting the sense of touch.
Representation – depiction of images/objects according to the way they are seen
Conceptual – concerned with the ideas of some field of enquiry than with facts
Intention – the reasoning and cause that the artist puts into his/her work.
Site-specific – created/designed for a specific location
Pictoral space – illusion of 3d space created on a flat surface
Italian Renaissance (1300-1600) – a period of great cultural change and achievement in Italy
Kinetic Sculpture – sculptures designed to move through space
Theo Jansen – artist that specialized in creating new forms of life, which revolves around plastic
yellow tubes with sails attached that run on wind as fuel. Generally takes place in beaches.
Low relief – a carved/ 3d image are slightly raised above the background. A handy sculpting
High reief – a carded/3d imaged are greatly raised above the background.
Freestanding – a sculpture that is structurally independent and can be seen in all angles
Pedestrial – a support/platform for indoor sculptures
Plinith – a support/platform for outdoor sculptures
Monumental sculpture – large sculptures that cannot be fitted into an exhibit
*ex: Christo and JeanClaude's seminal work, Running Fence, was 18 feet high and an unbelievable 24.5 miles long
as it wound its way across the California hills and down to the ocean. This monumental piece, which only remained fully
installed for 14 days, was so large it was the first artwork required to have an environmental impact statement.
Found object sculpture- sculptures made based off of everyday objects
Manuport- a natural object that was moved from its original context by people, but remains
Paleolitic – period between where humans started to make tools and when humans started to
make permanent settlements
The title of this piece Odalisque is a term that began to be used by artists in the 19 century to refer to erotic
images of women, and is derived from the Turkish word for the servants in the Sultan's harem. Aesthetic – held definitions of beauty and principle tastes/styles by people or a group.
Relective Response #1 (page 6)
Links to the Reflective Responses are both in the Modules and the Assignments folders. You are expected to write
150200 words for each journal assignment. We'll begin with this idea of "functional sculpture", and imagine what it
would be like to live with and use the truly beautiful and definitely functional objects that you see pictured here.
After carefully examining the six pieces above and considering the functional and aesthetic properties of each, which
one of the objects above would you most like to have in your home ? Discuss your choice, and what you think it would
be like to actually own and use this work of art yourself.
"There are other things art can do. It can imagine the unimaginable."
- conceptual sculptor Cornelia Parker
Conceptual – concerned with ideas rather than imagery
Exhibitions of conceptual sculpture are often accompanied with gallery text information, or
didactics, that introduce the viewer to the thought process of the artist.
Judy Chicago's Dinner Party is one of the most famous and influential scuptural works in recent
history, and employs a combination of many different media (ceramics, painting, fibers,
embroidery, glass) to honor the often overlooked history of women in Western civilization. This
work became the centerpiece for the Feminist Movement of the 1970s, and continues to serve
as a profound teaching tool with its powerful focus on the accomplishments of extraordinary
women throughout time. This complex piece is constructed as a ceremonial banquet table in the
shape of a massive open trangle 48 feet along each side, with thirty-nine place settings
commemorating special female guests of honor from prehistory to the present day. A huge team
of artisans worked with Judy Chicago on this piece to create the exquisite chalices and dining
utensils, the sculptural and heavily decorated platters, the beautifully stitched table runners and
napkins, and the enormous tile floor. The result is a visual encyclopedia of women's
accomplishments, and underscores the capacity of art as political and social activism. Terms You Need To Know Artists You Need To Remember
pictorial space Christo and JeanneClaude
negative space Michelangelo
kinetic sculpture Henry Moore
relief David Smith
low relief Duane Hanson
high relief Cornelia Parker
freestanding Maya Lin
in the round
fabrication Important Periods in Art History
monumental sculpture Classical (Greece and Rome)
tactile Italian Renaissance
manuport Modern (Europe and America)
FGCU graduate Chris Carver is a contemporary inheritor of Nam June Paik's legacy, and in his
identity as cyberpunk technosculptor 'Mr. Revrac' Carver's work reflects on a darker future in
which human body parts have become fused with The Machine.
African American artists have been strongly influenced by the visual and spiritual traditions of
their African forebears, and in their use of mixed media appeal to similar natural and ancestral
forces within the context of contemporary Western society. Bettye Saar is well known for her
work in assemblagetext annotation indicator, exploring ritual and tribal objects from Africa as
well as African American folk traditions. Sculpt