Figurative Sculpture Through The Ages
November 13—December 15, 2013
Curated by Mara Baldwin
Opening Reception: November 14
5 p.m. -7 p.m.
For centuries artists have debated the merits of painting and sculpture: Which can more accurately mirror nature? Which can portray a subject’s true essence? Which is the nobler of the arts?
Sumus explores the boundaries and interplay between two- and three-dimensional methods of making, negotiating the point at which a drawing can become form and an object can become representation. Focusing on the figure, artist Benjamin Entner has coupled plaster casts on loan to Ithaca College from the Metropolitan Museum of Art with his own drawings of contemporary individuals in postures similar to those of historical works of sculpture. By creating awkward relationships between these two separate bodies of work a dialogue is staged questioning and challenging historical perspectives of beauty, proportion, sexuality, and idealized form.