This year you’ll be viewing artwork made by an artist named Matt Bua
Matt likes to use art and architecture as a way to join together communities. He likes to build structures that are both fun and functional. Matt makes very large sculptures out of things that he’s found or things that people have gotten rid of. The following images are some examples of Matt’s work.
From a Drip to a Speak and Back Again- 2006 What kinds of materials do you think Matt used to make this?
Ships, Chips, and The Stack of Documents- 2006 Do you think this is something you can walk inside, or is it just a piece of art suspended off the building?
Here is what the Ships, Chips, and The Stack of Documents- sculpture looks like INSIDE
Last House to the Left- 2005 Where does it look like this sculpture is built? What materials did Matt use to build it? What do you think this one looks like inside?
Inside are display cases with collections of writings about the building the sculpture is attached to.
What is the shape of this house? It’s called an “A-Frame” house Does it look like the letter “A?”
This is Matt’s version: The Lower-Case-A-Frame
What are the similarities between Matt’s and Devorah’s sculptures? What are the differences?
Most artists are inspired by the work of another individual or specific things. What does it mean to be “inspired”? The following are some examples of people who’s work has inspired Matt’s art.
R. Buckminster Fuller The building he is standing in front of is called a “geodesic dome” which is a building structure he invented that is now used all over the world.
Some of the things that inspired Matt about “Bucky” Fuller are: 1. He was kicked out of Harvard University twice (no, that’s not the inspiring part!) He came to be an architect by studying on his own, and being passionate about doing his part to change the world. Matt likes the idea that ANYONE can be an architect- you don’t need a fancy degree. 2. Bucky Fuller was one of the pioneers in the field of Environmentalism and Sustainability. He believed in creating structures that had little impact on the world around them. 3. Fuller believed human societies would soon rely mainly on renewable sources of energy, such as solar- and wind-derived electricity. He wrote many articles and lectured extensively on how this could be done to benefit all mankind. For his lifetime of work, the American Humanist Association named him the 1969 Humanist of the Year.
Paolo Soleri started something called the ARCOSANTI PROJECT Arcosanti is an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoenix. When complete, Arcosanti will house 5000 people, demonstrating ways to improve urban conditions and lessen our destructive impact on the earth. Its large, compact structures and large-scale solar greenhouses will occupy only 25 acres of a 4060 acre land preserve, keeping the natural countryside in close proximity to urban dwellers.
Aside from being an architect, Soleri is also an artist who makes ceramic and bronze bells. Each year the Arcosanti bell foundries and ceramic studios produce new bells. The proceeds from these bells go toward the overall running of the Arcosanti project.
Hundertwasser first achieved notoriety for his boldly-colored paintings
He is more widely renowned today for his revolutionary architectural designs, which incorporate natural features of the landscape, and his use of irregular forms in his building design. Hundertwasserhaus , a low-income apartment block in Vienna, features undulating floors ("an uneven floor is a melody to the feet"), a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. He took no payment for the design of Hundertwasserhaus, declaring that it was worth it, to "prevent something ugly from going up in its place".
Matt was thinking about the work of these artists when he was designing the exhibit “Cribs” that you will see in Kidspace. What kinds of things do you think of when you hear the word “cribs?” What kinds of materials do you think Matt will use to build the exhibit?
Matt also likes the idea of “collections.” He wonders: Why do people collect things? What kinds of things do people collect? How do they display these collections? Is there something that you like to collect?
Soon, Matt will be visiting your school. Before he comes, we have an CHALLENGE FOR YOU!
1. As a class you must all agree on one thing to collect. 2. You may choose ANY item in the whole entire world to collect- as long as you can find a space to store it in your classroom. 3. Have your collection ready on the following date: Clarksburg- March 30 th Florida- March 31 st Savoy- April 1st
When we come to your school we will be giving each class a “base” which they will use to display their collection. The collection can go inside, outside, upside-down…that’s for you to decide. When each class is finished assembling their collections, we will take all the “sculptures” from each grade and put them together to form a large school sculpture which will be displayed in a gallery in North Adams. There will be a fancy-shmancy Art opening, and people will come from all over just to see your artwork!
We hope you will have lots of fun doing this project and we really look forward to seeing just how creative you can be! If you have any questions about this challenge, please e-mail them to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org