Sculpture at SAIC


SARA BLACK: In
contemporary sculpture, any material or medium is game. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN PRICE: The school
and the department moreover is really
beautifully poised to allow students
to engage directly with the concerns of the
sculptural field that make sense to them. SARA BLACK: We
organize ourselves around curricular
themes, such things as public practice,
site, systems, and that sort of a thing
which guide our curriculum conceptually. JULIE BOLOT: SAIC
really pushed me into exactly what I’m working in
now with research, and history, and writing, and using the art
object as a form of research. There are a lot of students
that are materially focused. Some that are almost
purely conceptual. And the sculpture department
seems to really represent the range of these
approaches to what art can be in the 21st century. DAN PRICE: K-Lab is
short for knowledge lab. And this is a place
where students can take classes
that engage them into environmental concerns,
food politics, social politics, as those elements filter
into the sculptural field. SARA BLACK: By the
end of the semester we’re going to be sitting
at a table that we’ve built. We’re going to be eating plants
that we’ve grown and foraged. And we’re going to
be eating mushrooms that will have eaten our table. So we’re really
interested in a way that creates this kind of conceptual
cycle and illustrates how things are deeply entangled
and that materials never end. That they just change form. DAN PRICE: We have a set
of traditional shops. Our wood shop, metal shop, CNC
plasma room, a mould making area, and foundry. And as well we have a 12 seat
state-of-the-art PC computing lab which is simply for
sculpture students to engage with their coursework of
learning how to generate 3D models, tool pathways for
CNC milling, and so on. JACOBO ZAMBRANO: I think I have
enjoyed the spaces for critique the most. The nature of some
of my work really requires a lot of
conversation and analysis. And in that process
you require a lot of people coming into your
studio, a lot of meetings, a lot of very healthy
debates and arguments. And it really adds
more depth to the work. It’s just a lot of growth
in every possible sense as a person with the
people around you, with the classes and new
people, the new knowledge, the different kinds of
professors that you encounter. And growth, I think
it’s very important. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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