IDEAL UNIDEAL

The conceptual framework of this sculpture was to bring light to the topic of idealism. I was shocked how the Nazi's censored, destroyed, and eliminated their modern, avant-garde artwork during the first half of the twentieth century. They destroyed anything that did no fit their ideal. Artwork that depicted traditional German iconography, and fit, athletic, young symmetrical figures where constructed as the ideal representations of Germany. Sculptures, and other forms of art embodying the elderly, disabled, or biologically different were eliminated as "degenerate" works of art. 
I recognized how this ideology has continued in the United States, with many of these same ideal standards being applied in current mainstream media and art.

The figure I created is unique, with a short torso, asymmetrical frame, rough dark skin, transgendered organs, protruding stomach, and disarmed appendages. If this sculpture were made during the Nazi reign, it would have been possibly labeled unacceptable, and melted into its raw material.


Ideal Unideal (Front View), 2008
bronze
36 x 15 x 13 inches
$15,000


Ideal Unideal (Front View), 2008
bronze
36 x 15 x 13 inches
$15,000


Ideal Unideal (Side View), 2008
bronze
36 x 15 x 13 inches
$15,000


Ideal Unideal (Side View), 2008
bronze
36 x 15 x 13 inches
$15,000


Ideal Unideal (Rear View), 2008
bronze
36 x 15 x 13 inches
$15,000


Ideal Unideal (Rear View), 2008
bronze
36 x 15 x 13 inches
$15,000


Ideal Unideal (Rear View), 2008
bronze
36 x 15 x 13 inches
$15,000


Ideal Unideal (Side View), 2008
bronze
36 x 15 x 13 inches
$15,000