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John Rood's Sculpture

John Rood’s Sculpture

Bruno F. Schneider Translated from the German by Desmond and Louise Clayton Covers show some scuffing. pages are clean binding is tight JOHN ROOD'S SCULPTURE In any discussion on modern art it soon becomes necessary to define terms, one must agree upon what one understands by art and what one is going to accept as modern. This applies much more to plastic art than to painting and architecture. For thousands of years plastic art was the shaping of mass in space according to the laws of balance and contrast, of harmony or tension, and the object of plastic creation was primarily the human body, which was freely used to express God, demon or man. Such a definition, however, is questionable in the 20th century, for here we have a kind of plastic art the significance of which depends upon movement in space, or which only forms the sheU where space is given form. Today plastic art uses, in part, transparent material and consequently proposes at least the optical quality of mass. The human body, long the most respected object of plastic art, has experienced the same fate in the 20th century, sometimes shrivelled to a diagrammatic cypher or blown up to a molluscoid shape. In addition to such relics of God's image, there are now works of art which do not bear the slightest resemblance to things of this world; neither representation, nor the expression of a human emotion, they are quite simply an enrichment of the form vocabulary.