Saturday, May 2, 2015

Soft Sculptures

I am trying to exemplify Claes Oldenburg's soft sculptures. I am using newspaper for the structure and covering it with plaster strips, painting it with gesso and then using acrylic paints. I am making a domino, a jack with a ball, and a puzzle pieces; all objects that are normally small in size and increasing their scale.

Friday, May 1, 2015


Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, 1598–1680)
Model for the Fountain of the Moor, 1653
Terracotta, 31 3/4 x 16 3/4 x 16 1/2 in.
(80.5 x 42.5 x 41.9 cm)
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

This picture is Bernini's model for the Moor that is apart of his fountain that stands at the southern end of the Piazza Navona.  It's his largest clay model and it depicts the god of the seas taming a dolphin while riding a large conch.  I really love how he differentiated the shell, the scales of the dolphin and the muscular taut skin.  The detail to the gods face if incredible, its bold and commanding of attention.  The model was highly finished and was the final piece presented to the Pope to receive his approval.  The exotic features of the sea god is why they named him the Moor and that also became the name of the fountain itself. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

phantasma Kris kuksi

Abstract Bas Relief

I have changed my project quite a few times. I am not working on an abstract piece of bas relief including the movement of water, similar to what is seen above. I, however did not include the actual object that is causing the movement of the water, it is just the shape and look of the water alone. 

Peter Voulkos

Bull in a China Shop


Peter Voulkos 1924–2002, American artist from Greek Decent. He was consider an abstract expressionist due to his surreal and spontaneous relationship in creating ceramic plates. Voulkos’s hefty clay sculptures smashed the boundaries and constraints of utilitarian ceramics with three categories of work: “ice buckets,” “plates,” and “stacks.” His work relates to my dinner set that I am making out of clay. The imperfections makes his pieces and mine perfect.  


This is another piece by Arneson that he puts a body part on an object. Again he uses a penis but places it on the spout of a teacpot. All his ideas are out there and somewhat raunchy but this is what he was known for. I really like emulating this particular style

Cornucopia - Damien Hirst

I have always enjoyed the idea of mini sculptures. I enjoyed these mini skulls because they related to my series in a sense, but they also remind me of little marbleized colored glass marbles. I like how each one of them is unique. I am curious to look into more of this "Neo-pop-art" which was the style used to sculpt this series. I also wonder how he made each form identical but color different.