This weekend I finished the small scale sculptures #1 and #18 from the A Theory of Forms and Ideas series. They needed a lot more work than I thought from when I last posted. #1 is especially complicated since the joints needed a lot of sanding to hide the seams. One of the things that I’ve been wrestling with is the lack of accuracy in the cutting of my blocks which means that I either end up recutting the pieces or doing a lot of sanding. I bought a new chop saw and even tried using a scroll saw which didn’t cut the way I wanted it too. I’ve settled on knowing that the sculptures will all be less than perfect but I don’t mind too much as long as they look good from a certain distance.
The title of this series comes from Plato. Here is a brief synopsis from Wikipedia:
Plato‘s theory of Forms or theory of Ideas asserts that non-material abstract (but substantial) forms (or ideas), and not the material world of change known to us through sensation, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality. When used in this sense, the word form or idea is often capitalized. Plato speaks of these entities only through the characters (primarily Socrates) of his dialogues who sometimes suggest that these Forms are the only true objects of study that can provide us with genuine knowledge; thus even apart from the very controversial status of the theory, Plato’s own views are much in doubt. Plato spoke of Forms in formulating a possible solution to the problem of universals.
I’ve also changed the name of this whole series which includes the gouache paintings, drawings and sculptures to A Theory of Forms and Ideas (the gouache paintings and drawings were originally A Theory of Ideas but this became complicated.)
Here are the photos of #1 and #18 on a shallow pedestal that I made and painted gray. I’ll probably wait and take the final photos for these pieces when I’ve finished the whole series to make sure that I have consistent lighting and placement for all of them.