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Langridge, CF (2002) Opening up the world of things with sculpture. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This project develops an alternative understanding of what
art is or can be. Martin Heidegger's writings on art have led
this investigation of how the art work functions as an object
and what that might mean from a philosophical point of
view.
Heidegger's positioning of ontology over epistemology
provides an alternative account to the dominant Western
paradigm which valorises knowledge. I have developed
sculptures which address the issue of being rather than
communication. The works function to create openings,
placing the being of the thing into question.
I have chosen to work with simple trade processes to
construct skeletal, airy sculptures that describe a central
empty space. The objects I have made are constructed
containers that employ structural elements that are bent and
held under tension. These bent elements are contrasted with
straight linear sections. Most of the sculptures sit upon a
curved base that renders them unstable. This instability
allows the potential for real motion and also lends the works
an air of fragility. I have developed ways to build stable curved structures,
using either salvaged or new wood as my main material.
The reasons for this are pragmatic and relate to availability,
structural integrity and weight, and personal taste. Other
materials such as metal and fabric have been employed. usually for pragmatic structural ends but also to add to the
functional aesthetic.
The project has established a position for the work that sits
between the familiar and the unfamiliar. The aim has been
to create sculptures with affinities to objects with which we
are familiar so that the viewer almost 'knows' what it is.
Then, because of the ultimately ambiguous nature of the
thing created, he or she is left wondering what it is.
By raising questions regarding knowledge, truth and being,
it is my intention to make manifest to the viewer, as they
contemplate the sculptures, the unresolved tension that
continues to exist between the disciplines of ontology and
epistemology.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 2002. Includes bibliographical references

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