Cubist Sculpture

Cubist Sculpture

Using a Cubist Painting as the point of departure, we were asked to construct a three-dimensional sculpture completely out of wood utilizing the concepts of Cubism. 

Excerpt from prompt:
Research a Cubist painting and choose a group of objects form a specific work. The piece will be constructed to resemble the original painting. Because of the nature of a two-dimensional rendering of anything, and the translation of it into a 3-D form, you will have to make some intelligent assumption an conclusions about how it exists and thus how it is made. Think in terms of creating space and form using two dimensional planes. 

For this project, I chose to a still life by Roy Lichtenstein.


In the planning phase of the project, I researched both cubist paintings and sculptures to grasp the ideology behind cubism. After that, I broke down the original image into planes and sketched out some designs. With a rough idea I went into Maya and made a simple 3D model of my sculpture. I did this so I can visualize how the plains would match up with one-another and work together. 


This project was roughly three weeks of work, all of which was done mostly in the wood shop. For supplies, most it was made from half a sheet of 1/2 in plywood, 2x4, 2x2, and scraps. For tools, most of the work was done with the bandsaw, dremel, and sanders. Producing this piece was more difficult than I had imagined. Due to the nature of the piece and wanting it to be painted precisely, I would have to cut every piece and then paint it individually without assembly. So going into the final few days, I had roughly 20+ pieces that where all separate from each other. The problems that I faced in the last few days of painting and assembly was that I wouldn't be able to adhere the panels that I envisioned in the renders, because it would have been nearly impossible. As a result, I added a back and made compromises in the design. Below are a couple of photos and a time lapse of the painting and assembly process. 

Final product

Unfortunately this piece is still on display in Hopkins Hall so these were the only photographs I have of it.