Thinking of 3D (2) – body, beauty and medicine

To follow up on one of my previous posts – Thinking of 3D – I have come up with an idea of a sculptural and video based work which tackles both the idea of body and beauty yet incorporates aspects of medicine and anatomy – looking at the body inwardly as well as aesthetically.

During the Renaissance a lot of ground was made in terms of medical and anatomical knowledge, Da Vinci famously drew the Vitruvian Man which is still used in relation to medicine to this day as well as William Harvey in England, who discovered that it was the heart that pumped blood through the body. My idea is to created a sculpture in the realistic style of Renaissance sculpture with a video depicting an endoscopy and linking to two somehow. By doing this I aim to achieve a play on Renaissance art, along with their passion for discoveries, whilst adding a 21st century twist to the piece whereby the medical discoveries of our time are depicted. Other contemporary artists such as Marc Quinn have adopted the style of classical sculpture and added their own idea about the body and beauty in the 21st century and these works are a great inspiration for this particular idea.

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Photoshop techniques (3)

Another play around with experiments using Brutus, a character who is discussed in the Renaissance book I bought. I’ve incorporated a sculpture of his face with a gradient background and other straight gradients on top. For the image to the right I have used the text of the face technique to include a extract from a Shakespeare play in relation to him

Photoshop techniques

I have been playing around with some photoshop techniques today, mainly look at dispersion and displacement. Here is an experiment I done trying to hack away at this sculpture, not very good but it was a good experiment I thought.

Thinking of 3D

Up to this point I have been mainly focussing on on 2D ideas through my experiments, I would quite like to start thinking more into 3D type works, be it physical or digital, and have been researching into Renaissance sculpture as a starting point for this. The topics of the body and the “self”, which were brought up through my MPR, are concepts that could fit in well with this.

The idea of beauty which was discussed in my last post would also be a strong concept to follow up for this, the comparison of Renaissance and Classical beauty to the 21st century of ideals is a potential idea to look into. Some examples of sculptures I’ve looked at:

Jeff Koons

I work I saw by Jeff Koons that re works images from the past.

I also like Jeff Koons’ painting style, where he creates compositions on the computer to create his paintings

Damien Hirst

Just watching the Damien Hirst documentary on Chanel 4, thought I’d gone off him, kind of thought of him as a business man these days. But as they go through his old works it reminds me why I like him as an artist.

Rashid Rana

Only just discovered this guy who works both with perspective and pixelation, two things I’ve spoken about before.