Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Kirsten Swenson and Eva Hesse

I first learned about Eva Hesse from Professor Swenson at NYU. Prof. Swenson's art history was one of my favorite classes. I enjoyed learning about Eva Hesse and made her one of the primary artists cited in my MFA thesis. Thanks Prof. Swenson for the inspiration! Here's an excerpt from thesis about Hesse:

"Eva Hesse’s work and thinking  inspired me to stretch my own artistic boundaries in sculpture.  As one of the most innovative artists of the 1960s, Hesse created sculpture by using non-traditional materials such as latex and fiberglass. Much of Hesse’s sculptures include repeated units that vary slightly and embody opposite extremes, for example, order/chaos, hardness/softness, directness/irony, horror/humor, and geometry/irregularity.  The strength of Hesse’s work is its expressiveness and innovation. Hesse’s explorations have inspired me in my studio practice to explore materials, process and innovative ways to install work." © Laura Petrovich-Cheney, 2009, MFA Thesis

Sans II, 1968
Fiberglass, polyester resin
96.5 x 1092 x 15.6 cm / 38 x 429 7/8 x 6 1/8 in
Five units, 96.5 x 218.4 x 15.6 cm / 38 x 86 x 6 1/8 in ea
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY
Photo: Abby Robinson

Repetition 19, III. (1968). Nineteen tubular fiberglass units, 19 to 20 1/4" high x 11 to 12 3/4" diameter (48 to 51 cm high x 27.8 to 32.3 cm diameter). Gift of Charles and Anita Blatt. (1004.1969.a-s)Image licenced to Beth Turk THE JEWISH MUSEUM by Beth TurkUsage : - 4600 X 4600 pixels (A3) © Digital Image (c) The Museum of Modern Art

Eva Hesse. Right After, 1969.

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