October 1, 2012 GMS at the23rd International Sculpture Conference in Chicago Illinois
GMS’ Jessica Mandrick will participate on a panel at the International Sculpture
Conference in Chicago October 4-6. http://www.sculpture.org/chicago2012/sched.shtml Panel
Session: Discovering the Sculptor’s Social Responsibility to Society Art Institute
of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium
Topical questions informing many practices today question sustainability and responsibility.
The artist’s vision must be broad and innovative and responsive to the present moment,
the future, and to the environment. Solar, wind, and water are the materials of the
new aesthetic solutions, and the environmental costs of a sculptors’ materials are
both environmental and financial considerations. In order to truly transform urban
communities through sculpture, artists will broaden their potential for interaction
through impacting the nature of city infrastructure itself, in addition to traditional
public art channels and the proliferation of temporary projects. The citizens of
a community, their needs, desires, and critical feedback are also a resource – how
does a sculptor work with a community to rebuild and strengthen a healthy social
and environmental network?