This 3-Day workshop will study and explore the visual kinetics of all types of sculpture.
The symmetrical and asymmetrical composition of positive and negative space involving realms of line, shape, dark, light and color are the basic focus of the workshop. While host artist’s personal work is grounded in the basics of “mobile” types of kinetic sculpture, these concepts facilitate all realms of visual arts as well as performing arts and even music.
Workshop presentations will speak on several relevant aspects of “balance” ranging from the artists experience in automotive, aeronautical and communication physical plant construction as well as the past 25 years of kinetic sculpture construction.
Building projects will include the design and building of first-draft study maquette size sculpture.
These sculptures will include suspended (mobiles), free standing , bas-relief (projection relief) and/or the combination in mixed-media 2-d work.
*NOTE: 2-D work is part of the study as well, while the VISUAL kinetics of sculpture is the key focus, these concepts also apply to 2-D design as an important aspect of the 2-D design whether it is figurative or non-objective.
These projects are low-tech, simple mechanisms that are predominately hooks, loops, and levered styles of wire and rods. Positive space is executed by use of the sheet metal, plastics and found objects.
There are no electronic, automata or robotics included in this presentation.
Yet, the principles in these presentations, the project builds and the specific goals of the workshop are indeed relevant basics to the aforementioned.
facilitator: christopher gulick
Christopher Gulick is an American artist based in Wichita, Kansas, USA.
A lifetime of art study and craftsman techniques acquired in the construction of automobiles, airplanes and suspended communication lines have guided the artist to this type of work. His lectures on the subject have been presented in educational institutions and sculpture conventions in the USA and abroad.
Gulick’s work has been exhibited extensively in the “Midwest”, USA, as well as in Chicago, New York, Miami and Berlin. His work is in private and corporate collections in all these areas as well as Singapore and St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Various types and gauges of metal rods and wire, assorted types of sheet metal and sheet plastics, as well as a variety of found objects will be part of the materials inventory. Drawing paper and several drawing materials will be on site. Tools provided: Standard hand tools and light cutting tools and drills will be available.
workshop attendees must provide:
Personal safety glasses or goggles, personal work gloves, full toed shoes (to protect from sharp or falling items) and some sort of light work apron or protective work shirt.
time: 3 days, 3 hour session in the mornings and again in the afternoons
level: beginner to advanced
participants: minimum 2, maximum 6
cost: $375, which includes all materials and also includes full room & board for 4 nights (excluding alcoholic beverages) Workshop only fees available upon request.
Artists who participate in this workshop are invited to combine their stay in San Fidel with an artist residency to create a contribution to our Art Wall / Mural Project.