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Untitled Recreated

   by Jasper White for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: Untitled

Inspiration Artist: Wallace Berman

My submission for the Mystery Build Competition is a sculptural rendition of Wallace Berman’s 1987 piece, Untitled. The original was made through collage and dark room photo, but I chose to make mine into a sculpture. My 3D version of Untitled started out as a steel wire armature with a polymer clay coating to make the hands; these are the base of this piece and were a very important part. The armature was quickly scrapped when I realized the hollow pieces stood better on their own. Then, I cut card-sized pieces of wood to work as the cards in the original piece. I set to copying the drawings on the cards. This involved sketching the main lines of the cards, such as where the pictures will be and where the writing on the side would be. I then drew the pictures into the boxes that I created and painted in the background. This was all connected to the polymer hands at the end to form my sculptural version of Untitled.

1. I first cut out rectangles slightly bigger than playing cards out of the Oak Plywood provided in the kit.
2. I then painted these cards with gray acrylic paint, and marked out the card design.
3. After that I wrote in the sides and drew in the pictures, coloring the background with acrylic paint.
4. All of the finished cards together in a half circle.
5. Then I cut the 1 pound block of Chavant Modeling clay into thin slices.
6. I molded the slices around my fingers and slid them off.
7. This picture is of all of the cards held up in their full set up. The bottoms of the hands are made of Floral Foam Block cut and painted. The rest of the cards are hot glued to the assorted hardwoods which I cut in certain ways to make them taller or shorter.

I would like to thank my friend Alex Brown for her support help, and pigeon through my making of this video.

I would like to thank my friend Alex Brown for her support help, and pigeon through my making of this video.

 


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