STRUCTURE n SKIN


 

 

Artists, videos, and terms to research:

Sarah Lucas

Ernesto Neto

Katya Usvitsky

Rowan Mersh

MATSY

Architecture link showing uses of stretched fabric in architectural space.... can be considered installation as well.

Anna Hepler: video, helpful for understanding installation and the design process


Objective:

Structure and Skin relates to various elements such as the human form, architecture, automobiles, or anything that wraps around an armature. Your objective is to make a site specific 3-D form(s) otherwise know as an installation in or around the DCCC campus (I will show the class what spaces can be used) using the concept of stretched material around an armature. Research the images and artists below for influential purposes. Please note that your idea should develop throughout the design process.

Terms to know:

Installation art describes an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that are often site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space. Generally, the term is applied to interior spaces, whereas exterior interventions are often called Land art; however, the boundaries between these terms overlap.More to come (Wikipedia).

Armature: In sculpture, an armature is a framework around which the sculpture is built. This framework provides structure and stability, especially when a plastic material such as wax, newspaper or clay is being used as the medium. When sculpting the human figure, the armature is analogous to the major skeleton and has essentially the same purpose: to hold the body erect (Wikipedia).

 


Materials:

Fabric:
pantyhose, any color
T-shirts (new or used)
Yards of fabric (make sure to purchase a stretchy material), you can usually find fabric for a $1 a yard (walmart)
Plastic wrap used in shipping
, use a hair dryer to 'shrink-wrap", consider 1x2 wood strips for an armature, or an existing found form.

Armature:
bendable thin wood sticks, often made of Bass wood. (found in AC Moore, Home Depot)
Foam core (consider cutting geometric shapes altering size and scale)
wire (careful with wire, this can rip materials or run pantyhose.

Pillow stuffing
1x2x8 lengths of wood
wood screws



 

Approach:

Experiment with the materials by making small models exploring possible forms. Consider a site specific installation in or around DCCC campus.

Make several models by experimenting with and exploring the possibilities of the elastic material(s). Photograph the models with your cell phone as you work.. this will act as a library or sketchbook of the variety of models you are making. Work with Balsa or Bass wood as a internal armature (structure) to manipulate the elastic material (pantyhose). Please note: working out smaller scale make models will generate ideas and further evolve the design process. The more models you make the more ideas (or hybrid of ideas) you will have to develop into a more concrete manifestation.

 

 


Rowan Mersh

 

 

Rowan Mersh

 

Rowan Mersh

 


 

Ernesto Neto

 

Ernesto Neto

 

MATSY


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katya Usvitsky

 

Katya Usvitsky

Sarah Lucas

 

 

Artist Sarah Lucas said: 'I'm often messing about with tights. The first in my series (nylon tights stuffed with fabric) was a screwed-up Bunny (a sexy sculpture of legs incorporating a chair)'

 

 

How to make above method, Click here for link