For centuries artists have been lured to sculpture because it occupies three dimensional space. As such, sculpture may be viewed as a more dynamic medium that is capable of closing the distance between the artist as communicator and the museum or gallery visitor as viewer. Regardless of the materials used by the artist, sculpture is able to effectively touch the spectator in ways that painting, printmaking, drawing, photography and other forms of 2D design are prevented from accomplishing. One of America’s most prominent contemporary artist/sculptor was Donald Judd (1928-1994). Judd had a strong affinity for sculpture because: “Three dimensions are real space. That gets rid of the problem of illusionism and of literal space, space in and around marks and colors—which is riddance of one of the most salient and most objectionable relics of European art. The several limits of painting are no longer present. A work can be as powerful as it can be thought to be. Actual space is intrinsically more powerful and specific than paint on a flat surface.” What are your thoughts on sculpture as a medium of artistic communication and do you agree/disagree with Donald Judd’s assertion quoted above?
Donald Judd, Untitled (installation at Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas)