Art 5202 Mold Making

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Students will design, fabricate, and use of a wide spectrum of mold-making techniques. Exploring the process of prototyping and generating multiples, students will generate functional and expressive artworks analyzing form with the purpose of reproducing it. No Prerequisites. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. 


SP22 Topic: Multiples and Multiplicity: The Subversive Act of Reproduction

In the 1950 essay “The Thing” from Poetry, Language and Thought, Martin Heidegger had the foresight to question our modern relationship with things and the process of making. He noted that, despite advances in travel and communication and the apparent reduction of the distance between one place and another, we do not find ourselves correspondingly closer to things. Today we continue to find ourselves swept along in a tide of change that makes us reconsider the longevity and mobility of things. Much of the change is driven by advances in technology through the application of scientific concepts to our environment and lives. Our knowledge of making continues to evolve, and we are necessarily tied to its unending process.   Modern technology permits us to make instruments and machines that challenge our traditional methodologies, spurring on new theories and forms of knowledge.  These new technologies will be transformed over time, leaving in their wake the history of our attempt to live with and understand their effects.

Exploring the art of the multiple in its many forms and facets: prints, 3d multiples, matrix and copy, molds and cast, computer code and biological sequencing, mass production, reproduction technologies, simulations and physical manifestations. The arts have shifted from Modernism and its concerns with purist repetition to multiplicity intertwined with information. Multiplicity is all pervasive. Using the premise of Walter Benjamin’s observations and predictions from The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction – a premise that appears already fully realized in our own age of simulation- this course will sift through the what to get to the why.

Ultimately, this course will explore the entire spectrum of Mold Making Techniques, from the simple one-piece mold to the deflocculating and use of casting slips. In addition, this course will demonstrate the use of molds to cast adobe, wax and plastics. It is my intent to introduce the various formats on a regular basis, providing the students with the necessary tools to approach the various assignments. Through a hand on approach to the various modeling techniques, students will secure a solid foundation to ascend from one project to the next with confidence. Individual projects will be presented on a regular basis.


MoWe 3:55PM - 6:40PM 

Hopkins Hall 058

Instructor: TBD

Graduate section [35358]

Undergraduate section [35359]