“All sculpture that I’m interested in knows that death is the inevitable conclusion.” Award-winning artist Antony Gormley sees art as the expression and generation of hope. Hear how he and five other artists work with sculpture.
One of the oldest artistic traditions, sculpture has been defined for centuries as the medium that operates in three dimensions. In this anthology, five very different sculptors shed light on their work. See American sculptor Richard Serra’s minimal incisions into nature, British artist Phyllida Barlow’s large-scale installations and British Turner Prize winner Antony Gormley who states that all the sculpture that he is interested in “knows that death is the inevitable conclusion.”
Also featured in this video are American artists Doug Aitken and Sarah Sze.
Produced and edited by: Roxanne Bageshirin Lærkesen
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern art, 2016
Supported by Nordea-fonden
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The Museum of Modern Art recently added Richard Serra's "Equal" to its collection. The 320-ton sculpture is composed of four pairs of precisely forged steel blocks, stacked and arranged in a square. In this short video, Serra describes the material processes and conceptual concerns that shape this ambitious work.
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Richard Serra is one of the world's most significant sculptors. In this video Serra presents one piece and reveals how he approaches an assignment in order to create the extraordinary experience for the viewer which is his trademark.
In this video Richard Serra presents one site-specific work made in 1986 for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Serra was invited by Knud W. Jensen (the director of the Louisiana Museum 1958-1993) to make a work at the museum and discovered a ravine which had been a part of the original topology of the land and decided that it would be a good "peek place to insert a work of mine" as Richard Serra puts it in the video.
Serra wanted "people not only see the piece from below as you walk down the path but also seeing it from the bridge as you cross the bridge. And what I wanted to happen was that when you stood in the middle of the bridge the two plates would actually close all the way. So the piece functions as a swinging door as a gate to the unfolding landscape and the sea beyond it."
Richard Serra's (b 1938) sculptural works explore the exchange between artwork, site and viewer. His work has been celebrated with retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art two times (in 1986 and 2007) and he is considered one of the most important artists of his generation.
Richard Serra was interviewed at the Gagosian Gallery in New York by Jesper Bundgaard.
Edited by Per Henriksen / Out of Sync for Louisiana Channel.
Produced by Out of Sync and Christian Lund, 2014.
Copyright by Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Supported by Nordea-fonden.
Video walkthrough of Richard Serra's sculpture Torqued Ellipse IV (1998) on display at MoMA as part of the exhibition Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years. The exhibition is on view June 3-September 10, 2007.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit www.moma.org/serra.
Erik Geschke is a mixed-media artist who has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally at venues including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, ZieherSmith Gallery in New York, and the FIAC Contemporary Art Fair in Paris. He lives and works in Portland, where he is an Associate Professor of Art at Portland State University.
Erik discusses Richard Serra’s Untitled, 1969. This Artist Talk was recorded on April 13, 2017 in the Portland Art Museum's Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art.