Natural Sculptures: Ten Thousand Shalagrama-shilas

by Choghakate Kazarian I had heard about the Ordre Monastique Vaisnava for some time. The members of the congregation, whose temple of Vraja Bhavan is in the suburb of Rouen (near Paris), are followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, a branch of Hinduism initiated by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486–1534) in Bengal. Their practice is focused on devotional worship, … Continue reading Natural Sculptures: Ten Thousand Shalagrama-shilas

Handling Sculpture: Emanuele Becheri’s Creatures in Clay

by Choghakate Kazarian I met Emanuele Becheri about ten years ago, in his studio in Tuscany. He was then known for works that I would qualify as gestural conceptualism: drawings made “blindly” by folding paper in total obscurity or letting snails run on paper. I was also very interested in his videos that captured with … Continue reading Handling Sculpture: Emanuele Becheri’s Creatures in Clay

Sculpture, Language of the Dead

by Choghakate Kazarian. “Poetry, music, architecture, like ancient languages, have been translated into new idioms, by clinging to life. Only sculpture has remained immobile across the centuries, a courtly language, the language of the liturgy, a symbolic writing, incapable of making its mark on daily acts” and “sculpture has remained what it is, a dead … Continue reading Sculpture, Language of the Dead

Case Study

By Karen Wilkin. In 2010, in Anthony Caro’s London studio, I fell in love with a massive table sculpture, a chunky, four-square cast iron and steel construction, with a recessed rectangular center and an emphatic horizontal bar, that cascaded over the edge of its support in shallow steps. At once architectural, confrontational, and like nothing … Continue reading Case Study