Art History II Gallery Write Up
On Saturday, March 21 I went to the Albright Knox Art Gallery and viewed several different galleries that they had to offer. One of these galleries was a collection of works from artist David Adamo. This gallery was a collection of pieces that consisted mainly of sculptures. There were essentially two kinds of sculptures displayed in this gallery.
The first kind were all in a giant room. They were carved out of cedar wood not all of them, but a large portion of the sculptures had one distinct thing that made them similar: the head, and base of the sculptures were wide and the middle of the sculpture was carved extremely skinny. The sculptures were all 8-10′ tall and towered over all of the onlookers and they walked amongst them in awe. Adamo takes heavy influence from things that he sees in nature. He is inspired by abstract shapes created by beavers, termites and other animals. He sees the beauty in the fact that they themselves are actually creating art. In the gallery at the Albright Knox, he makes a statement around the fact that sculpture is about the art of eating away at something. His art deals with the notion of what is in the aftermath of the destruction.
Along the side walls there were giant piles of wood shavings. These shavings could potentially be an homage to the material that has to get destroyed, or at least relocated away form the actual art that is being made. It’s interesting if you think about how many more different pieces and sculptures could have been constructed with the material that had to get carved away to make other pieces. It’s also interesting if you apply it to the concept of negative space. When you apply the concept of this wood to the concept of negative space it starts to make you ponder the fact that negative space is more than just a place where there is “nothing” and that there was once something there, but how if it was filled in it would be something entirely different and the art piece itself would cease to exist.
The other part of the gallery was in a room with several display cases. Each display case contained a very small sculpture and again, it was interesting contemplating the thought of negative space. There was so much empty space that it led the viewer to really focus on the object being displayed and made them contemplate what each piece meant on a deeper level.
One of the more interesting pieces displayed in a showcase was “Untitled (corn)”. The piece was half an ear of corn that had corn still on it, but had several bites taken out of it. This was eerily similar to the sculptures in the giant room and further played into the idea of negative space. The corn is essentially a sculpture, and kernels had to get carved away to bring the art piece to fruition. It goes along with the idea that if no kernels were taken away it would be an ordinary piece of corn. When kernels start to get taken away is when it truly starts to become artistic and make a statement about the notion of negative space and the thought of taking things away. Adamo makes a statement about what art truly is, and what can be viewed as art.
This gallery showed viewers a lot about how important negative space is to art, and also about how nature can be great inspiration for brilliant pieces that make important statements about the world. It isn’t until we can truly understand the beauty, and importance of negative space that we can truly learn to appreciate art; not just this art, but all art in general.