Hello! I'm back! Here at IBB we get to meet super interesting people from across the world. Who are these people? The Artists In Residence . Those are basically artists that come to our school for 2 weeks or sometimes months to give us seminars, projects and they also work on their own art. Since September we have had Bart Stuart en Klaar van der Lippe with us. In one of their talks they introduced us to the one-minute sculptures by Erwin Wurm (he's an Austrian artist). Here follows the 'Wikipedian' explanation of a one-minute sculpture:
"Since the late 1980s, Erwin Wurm has developed an ongoing series of One Minute Sculptures, in which he poses himself or his models in unexpected relationships with everyday objects close at hand, prompting the viewer to question the very definition of sculpture. He seeks to use the 'shortest path' in creating a sculpture—a clear and fast, sometimes humorous, form of expression. As the sculptures are fleeting and meant to be spontaneous and temporary, the images are only captured in photos or on film. To make a One Minute Sculpture, the viewer has to part with his habits. Wurm’s instructions for his audience are written by hand in a cartoon-like style. Either Wurm himself or a volunteer follow the instructions for the sculpture, which is meant to put the body in an absurd and ridiculous-looking relationship with everyday objects. Whoever chooses to do one of Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures holds the pose for a minute, or the time it takes to capture the scene photographically. These positions are often difficult to hold; although a minute is very short, a minute for a One Minute Sculpture can feel like an eternity.''
Here's an example with Erwin Wurm himself doing one of his one-minute sculptures:
So after Bart & Klaar introduced us to those weirdly funny sculptures, they gave us an assignment which went like this: "Choose a partner, then choose a one-minute sculpture, execute that one-minute sculpture and take a picture of it." I worked with up-and-coming 1st-year student Travis Geertruida and we decided to do more than just one one-minute sculpture. And let me tell you, this was one of the most fun assignments I've gotten, but you will notice that in the following pictures.
After this set, we had to do one more one-minute sculpture somewhere we wanted during our vacation. We could execute one of the already-existing sculptures or..... we could create one of our own. Of course I chose the last option because that's way more fun for me and more challenging. Another thing I loved about this set we had to do in vacation was that my mom helped me out. Normally parents don't really participate in these things but my mom did and she did a great job. I asked her to take pictures but at a certain point she even started giving ideas and not just ideas but great ideas. Check the set of pictures here:
It's kind of funny that we got to learn about these kind of sculptures. I got an assignment to make a wall-sculpture made out of paper and I got a little evaluation from Bart & Klaar and well, they thought my sculpture seemed like a struggle and that I should de-complicate it. So where am I seeing the humor? The humor is in the fact that I just got to learn about the easy, fast and fun one-minute sculptures and I went and made a very complicated sculpture. I am still really proud of my wall-sculpture though, in spite of the critique I got because after all it's just an experimentation. I am just now learning about sculptures. BUT! I will surely be taking Bart & Klaar's tips in account to make an even more awesome wall-sculpture!
Thank you again for your attention!