Animametric Sculpture



by Gregory Curci ©1994

an'i•må, n. [L.] life principal; soul.

met'ric, a [L.metricus; Gr. metrikos, pertaining to measure, from metron, measure]

    All art is an abstraction of life. That abstraction affects our feelings and thoughts through the power of recognition.  We recognize, consciously or subconsciously, people, places, things that are part of our experience in life.  The attraction of other humans, memories, tactile experiences that we can not verbalize can be effectively communicated through works of art. The most powerful art, that work which moves us the most, has the most direct connection to those subliminal memories. 

    The mechanics of how we see shapes and colors have been studied and written about by many artists and scientists.  Colors and shapes interact to develop feelings in our subconscious.  The objects in the world that we view as continuous and solid are actually made up of small particles with mostly space in between.  Every one of us, and all of the things that we perceive in the world, are not really solid at all, but billions of tiny specks in magnetic suspension.  Impressionism (while not philosophically, but in the manner in which impressionists mechanically constructed paintings, with daubs of paint instead of layers of washes), and later Pointillism, Cubism and Constructivist sculpture corrected our perception of the visual world.  All continuous surfaces and lines in reality are made up of infinite segments of various sizes.

    My work is a conscious effort to consider the forms and symbols that we encounter in life that cause us to reflect on our tactile and visual learning experiences.  I deliberately exploit the interaction of shapes, movement and colors to create artworks that are at once machines and organisms.