American artist Alexander Calder created sculptures throughout his whole life. Using wire as his primary medium, as well as sheets of metal, Calder redefined sculpture by introducing the element of movement. The first work to known that was mechanical wasHe was known to carry a suitcase from place to place with the parts to his “circus” and perform for people at informal gatherings of friends. Eventually his work became motorized – called “mobiles.” Calder also created static sculptures, called “stabiles,”. These were sculptures that stood firmly on the ground but had a part that rotated or moved with the wind or motor. He was also known for creating original paintings, jewelry, theater sets, and costumes.
Drawing Assignment 1: To better understand the line used to create a wire sculpture we are doing to draw. Looking at yourself in the mirror, start drawing a contour drawing self portrait without lifting your pencil. You will overlap and repeat lines often. Take time to complete two self portraits.