The sculpture is one of the most popular forms of art today. While sculptures are usually physical objects, the video format has given artists a new way to create works. In this article, we’ll take a look at the latest developments in the video sculpting field. We’ll also examine the work of a famous artist, Alberto Giacometti, who has rediscovered his love of abstraction, as well as his use of light.
Giacometti’s return to abstraction
The Italian artist Alberto Giacometti was a member of the Surrealist movement. He was known for his paintings and sculptures. His sculptural works include “walking figures” and a tombstone for his father. These sculptures are characterized by scarred, frail bodies, and a sense of isolation. They represent a postwar psychic landscape.
In the early years of his career, Alberto Giacometti was influenced by primitive art, particularly the Egyptians. He also drew from his own experience. He was especially fascinated with the upright, stoic Egyptian figure. However, he later branched out to incorporate abstraction into his art.
In the 1920s, Giacometti traveled to Rome, Venice, Padua, and Switzerland. He drew inspiration from these places and their art collections. After returning to Paris, he became a member of the Surrealists. During his time in Paris, he worked late into the night. Despite his efforts, he had difficulty capturing a living model.
In the 1940s, after the war, Giacometti returned to his early work and focused on the human figure. He drew from his life and memory and made abstract evocations of the body parts. He wanted to capture spatial distance in his sculptural works. Eventually, he found a language to express this reality in his sculpture.
Giacometti’s use of light
Alberto Giacometti’s sculptures are notable for their slender human figures. They hark back to ancient Egyptian sculpture, but Giacometti shaped them into something entirely new.
Although he sculpted thin forms of humanity, Giacometti created works that are full of iconic dignity and iconic solitariness. His art has had a profound influence on many contemporary artists.
As a teenager, Alberto Giacometti admired ancient Egyptian sculpture. He was inspired by the head’s representation, and by the idea of floating heads. But it was not until after his teenage years that he developed his idiom.
The artist’s first major sculptural work was the “Torso” of a young man, probably inspired by Brancusi’s “Torso of a Young Man”. This piece showed the basic artistic principle of fragmentation.
In his post-war works, Giacometti emphasized the relative nature of space, creating a sense of frailty and alienation. These figures have textured surfaces and appear as thin wraiths in a hostile world.
In his works, Alberto Giacometti has shown a consistent exploratory approach. He often uses light in sculpture. However, he does not use it in the same way as he does in his paintings.
Giacometti’s works have a real sense of struggle. He captures fleeting moments of human life.
Recent developments in video sculpture
Recent developments in video sculpture have been a major catalyst in expanding the creative potential of the medium. Video art, which began as a mode of the formal composition of color and light, expanded into installation art, performance art, and communication with an audience.
The video became the toolkit of a new generation of feminist artists, who seized upon its intimate relationship with viewers. They wanted to distance themselves from their forebears and use the medium to spread their message. In addition to experimenting with video recording and editing devices, they also used it to create installations that could shape the spaces in which they were displayed.
In the 1980s, the video took on a new dimension: real-time visualization. Artists such as Bruce Nauman seized the opportunity to shape and define the spaces that audiences would be confronted with.
One artist who was not a member of this movement but who was influential in its growth was Shigeko Kubota. She created video sculptures that eluded expectations of this medium. Her work mixed abstract and minimalist forms, framed a context, and challenged the indefinable nature of objects.
Another artist, Jenny Holzer, is part of a loosely affiliated group of women artists who formed in the late 1970s. They were critical of the visual messages that were presented in mass media.