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George Segal (Art)
Transcript of George Segal (Art)
In 1958 was when Segal truly started what he is most known for. Sculpture. He had a one man show in the Green Gallery, and in1960 had several plaster figures on display. In 1961, while he was teaching an adult education class, a student brought him a box of plaster bandages, and he went home and experimented on his body. By the end, he created a full body cast, and added a chair, table, and window fulfilling the title “Man Sitting at a Table”. Between 1969 and 1999, he became known as part of the “Pop Art” movement, creating many intriguing scenes of plaster figures. In his final years, he used his black-and-white photographs to focus on drawing close up human expressions. He focused manily on abstract paintings, and expressionism. He used various "found objects", paints, oils, and plaster as his choice of mediums. Shape Segal creates shape through the sign above the figures, and in the woman's shoes. The strong rectangular shape defines the subjects below, allowing the eye to move smoothly throughout. It creates smooth transition, and intrigues the viewer. Form Segal communicates form through the stature of the bodies and by creating common differences in size. He allows the man to have broader shoulders, the pole to be well over the figures height, and all bodies to be of a common height. Space Texture Value Color He creates space by keeping the figures a good shoulders width apart, and keeping them somewhat confined as they "wait around" by the sign. Segal makes texture by keeping the plaster natural with just a basic copper coating. This keeps the rough texture, he also didn't wear down the sign, it appears brand new with a glossy coat. He keeps a monotone throughout the sculpture, with the overall copper theme. The sign is different, as it appears more modern than the other figures. The color scheme puts a dapper on the mood, and feels kind of sad, or dead in a way. Segal keeps some value in the cracks and crevices of the figures. A shadow is cast on the figure when the light hits it, making it appear more real than it actually is. Two Figures: One Front, One Back, From the Blue Jeans Series; George Segal 1975 Woman Sitting on a Bed, George Segal 1996 Two Figures Woman Sitting on a Bed *A man and a woman *a lone woman *Appears the woman is thinking over something after she woke *Communicates emptiness, loneliness, and depression *Made by etching, and wove paper *Made using Plaster, and wire *Look like an empty scene *Uses warm colors on the shirts and cool colors for the jeans In Segals print, " Two Figures: One Back, One Front, From Blue Jeans Series", he uses etching and wove paper. Two very contrasting mediums. Wove paper creates a smooth surface, whereas etching is a process of using acid to cut metal. If Segal had used any other medium, the artwork wouldn't have appeared as pleasing to the eye. The background is produced smoothly using the wove paper, while the jeans are etched to differ in texture. If he had used watercolor to create the Blue Jean Effect, it would be lacking value and texture and appear to fall flat. Timeline 1946 Married wife Helen Summer of 1961 Student gave Segal a box of bandages used to create casts. He experimented and created his first full body cast. 1958 His thrid one-man exhibition at the Hansa Gallery in New York 1957 Allan Kaprow named the little art performances Segal would have as happenings. 1941-1949 Spent most of his time in universities studying art. 1964 His sculpture "Man on a Bicycle" was his first to be accepted into a museum. World War Two 1939-1945 1929 The Great Depression 1969 First Man on the Moon 1959-1975 The Vietnam War First cast he made. First cast coated in bronze. One of few pictures taken of George Segal working. Works Cited http://www.richeast.org/htwm/artists/jm2/segal.html http://www.askart.com/AskART/S/george_segal/george_segal.aspx http://www.segalfoundation.org/about_bio.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Segal_%28artist%29 http://projects.asds.org/ClassProjects/AH2009/Val_Segal/HomePage.html