Berlin Art@Site Mark di Suvero Homage to the Seed

Mark di Suvero


Homage to the Seed

Schönhauser Allee 178
in motion
We see columns and circles. How are they in relation to each other?
I see columns at the same angle as the circles. Would the disks make it possible for the bars to move around? Could the beams turn? Then the pole could stir to the underlying support.
I see three elements which are placed at an angle. Three rods and a disk form together one element which can tumble around the other elements. A circle with a stick forms another which can wave to the visitors. The third part can make sure that the whole artwork is slanted.
Continue to look at this artwork by Mark di Suvero because it can suddenly come into motion.
By Theo,

in beweging
We zien kolommen en cirkels. Hoe staan deze in relatie tot elkaar?
Ik zie kolommen die onder dezelfde hoek staan als de cirkels. Zouden de schijven ervoor kunnen zorgen dat de balken kunnen bewegen? Zouden de staven kunnen draaien? Dan kan de hoge paal draaien naar de onderliggende stut.
Ik zie drie elementen die onder een hoek geplaatst zijn. Drie staven en één schijf vormen één deel die kan buitelen om de andere delen. Een rondje met een stok vormt een ander deel dat zwaaien kan naar de bezoekers. Het derde deel kan ervoor zorgen dat het hele kunstwerk schuin komt te staan.
Blijf goed kijken want dit kunstwerk van Mark di Suvero kan plotseling in beweging komen.
Door Theo,
Marco Polo "Mark" di Suvero (born September 18, 1933 in Shanghai, China) is an abstract expressionist sculptor and 2010 National Medal of Arts recipient.
Marco Polo di Suvero was born to Matilde Millo di Suvero and Vittorio di Suvero (later known as Victor E.), both Italians of Sephardic Jewish descent. Di Suvero was one of four children, the eldest being Victor di Suvero. His father was a naval attaché for the Italian government and the family resided in Shanghai until his father was relocated to Tientsin shortly after the birth of the family's last son in 1936.
With the outbreak of World War II, di Suvero immigrated to San Francisco, California with his family in February 1941 aboard the S.S. President Cleveland.
Di Suvero attended City College of San Francisco from 1953 to 1954, followed by the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1954 to 1955. He began creating sculptures while at UCSB after reflecting that he couldn't make an original contribution in his philosophy major. Under the guidance of Robert Thomas, who allowed di Suvero to take his sculpting course, his work began to flourish. He transferred to the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a B.A. in philosophy in 1957.
His early works were large outdoor pieces that incorporated wooden timbers from demolition buildings, tires, scrap metal and structural steel. This exploration has transformed over time into a focus on H-beams and heavy steel plates. Many of the pieces contain sections that are allowed to swing and rotate giving the overall forms a considerable degree of motion. He prides himself on his hands-on approach to the fabrication and installation of his work. Di Suvero pioneered the use of a crane as a sculptor's working tool.
His style is associated with the abstract expressionism movement, but directly evokes the spirit of the Russian post-revolution constructivism. Constructivism is strongly associated with concepts of an utopian socialist reconstruction, but came crashing down when the Stalin and Hitler empires failed. Di Suvero is the first artist post-war to revive the constructivist movement. The sculptures can be touched, and they are resistant enough to be climbed on.