Forty-one year old artist Graham Caldwell is well-known for his abstract and 3-Dimensional mirror and glass sculptures. Caldwell’s use and specific positioning of mirrors and glass materials manipulates our understandings of space and distance. However, the inspiration for his sculptures comes from “molecular models” and from a biological root.
It is difficult whether or not we can classify his work as having an interactive element or not; simply because his sculptures are usually positioned on a wall or standing in the middle of the room. Even though the viewer is not required to make any contact with the sculptures and objects, their physical presence and movement is what brings the reflective pieces to life.
The variety of shapes, forms and structures remind us of molecules and cells. Even though Caldwell’s sculptures are quite large (90 x 90 x 90 inches), there is something very small and miniature about them as well, simply because of the associations and biological understandings that we have with his work.
I’m inspired and intrigued by Caldwell’s art because of the themes and concepts he is exploring in all of his sculptural pieces. The mirrors and reflective materials represent reflection and allow us to see ourselves in a somewhat disjointed way, and also the space around us. It forces us to think differently when we stand in front of the work and begin to move around the pieces as well. The influence of biology and the basic molecular structures is of interest to me as well because it provides as a strong foundation to the work. This basic foundation can be found in all of us as well.
Finally, the exploration into the human sensory modality and cognitive processes is what I love most about Caldwell’s work. Each viewer senses and perceives the sculptures in a different way. In my piece for this MPM605 this term, I would like to use Caldwell’s sculptures as an inspiration and starting point as I continue to explore the similar themes and concepts in my work process.
Here is a link to my brief slideshow in PDF form.