Architectonic Art

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Art isn’t always made from conventional media, such as paint, sculptural stone, or printmaker’s ink.

Sometimes it’s made from unconventional substances. These include building construction materials – lumber, steel, concrete and masonry. Working with these requires the artist to think like an architect or builder.

Different types of artworks have been made of building materials:

In a digital era these analogue works enthrall us through visceral experience. They speak of worldly things – gravity, texture, light and place. We can touch them, lean against them, and in some cases, inhabit them, if only briefly.

Finally, they instruct.

These artworks “make strange” the everyday materials architects grow to take for granted. They show how common materials may be composed in uncommon ways. They de-familiarize the familiar, allowing fresh vision to unfold.

venice-national-greece-old-seeds

Old Seeds for New Cultures (2010)

Artist: Unidentified, Greek Pavilion, 2010 Venice Biennale

Materials: wood

 

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Untitled (2010)

Artist: Ban Drvo, Serbian Pavilion, 2010 Venice Biennale

Materials: wood

 

garner-throne

Throne (for Martin Luther King, Jr.) (1995)

Artist: Ted Sitting Crow Garner

Materials: wood, painted steel tubing

 

karpowitz-ark

Art Ark (1981, refabricated 2006)

Artist: Terrence Karpowicz

Materials: weathered wood, steel and brass fittings

 

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Setting A Corner (2013)

Artist: Karl Burkheimer

Materials: concrete block, plywood, gravel

 

strautmanis-phoenix

Phoenix (1968)

Artist: Edvins Strautmanis

Materials: painted steel I-beams

 

caro-aurora

Aurora

Artist: Anthony Caro

Materials: painted steel

 

caro-eastern

Eastern

Artist: Anthony Caro

Materials: painted steel

 

caro-park-av-series

Park Avenue Services

Artist: Anthony Caro

Materials: weathering steel

 

caro-tower

Tower

Artist: Anthony Caro

Materials: steel

 

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Oscar’s Inclination (2003)

Artist: Michael Dunbar (American, b. 1947)

Materials: painted steel

 

rezak-frame

Frame (2005)

Artist: Richard Rezac

Materials: glazed brick, hand-formed ceramic ovals

 

yarbrough-sysiphus

Sisyphus’ Aviary (1984)

Artist: Dan Yarbrough

Materials: painted steel rebar, painted stones

 

brenner-passage

Passage (1998)

Artist: James Brenner

Materials: weathering steel

 

nauman-house-divided

House Divided (1983

Artist: Bruce Nauman

Materials: concrete

 

bee-home

The B Home

Artist: Peter Abrams and Graham Apgar

Materials: wood

 

skulptur-moudularbeat

Skulptur Projekte Münster

Artist: modulorbeat Architects

Materials: perforated copper alloy TECU® Gold, plywood, wood

 

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Erl King

Artist: Anthony Caro

Materials: weathering steel

 

Sources:

Chicago Outdoor Sculptures

http://chicago-outdoor-sculptures.blogspot.com/2010_08_01_archive.html

The B Home

http://thebhome.wikispaces.com/

2010 Venice Biennale

http://www.dwell.com/travel-reports/slideshow/venice-biennale-national-pavilions-2#http://www.dwell.com/travel-reports/slideshow/

 

© Donald E. Armstrong and Material Practices, 2014

 

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