Here in Mt P we have an annual art show which attracts over 200 entries from hobbyists and some professional level artists. It’s coming up on the first weekend of September and coincides with another major cultural event ‘The Mt Perry Dump Truck Pull’, which does literally involve teams of people pulling a very large mining truck down the main street for glory and charity. It’s worth noting they raise about $12k each year which is pretty nifty for a tiny town. When people have finished slowly moving massive pieces of machinery, we try to encourage them to come to the hall and see the art and have some rather fine baked goodies.
Today I was asked if a hand made bound book could be put into our sculpture section. And I couldn’t answer very articulately and wondered if anyone had any thoughts? I saw the book and it’s beautiful, but seemed more a craft item as it didn’t have any ‘content’ or conceptual basis … and clumsily explained this. But I wonder if anyone has some comments that would help explain the position.
I found this on the British Arts Council website:
|The current dictionary definition of sculpture as ‘the art or process of creating representational or abstract forms, either in the round or in relief’, does not tell the whole story. This notion was first challenged over forty years ago when new practices and a greater diversity in the range and use of materials extended the vocabulary. The term can now be said to encompass installation, land art, body art, performance art, text-based work, photography and video, as well as the three-dimensional art object.|