ACTIVITIES

SCIENCE AND MATH

1. Look again at the definition of "gestalt" and the example of melody/notes. Robert Morris hopes to create a gestalt relationship within much of his sculpture. The solar system could be thought of as a natural gestalt. To what other natural or scientific systems can this idea of gestalt be applied? What about other man-made systems?

2. When one side of a thing is exactly the same as another we say the two are equal (ex. 2 + 2 = 4). When this happens with a shape, we say the shape is symmetrical. In Carl Andre's Pyramid, the part of the sculpture that is not visible is exactly the same as the part that is; it is symmetrical. With this information and based on what you can see, try to add up how many triangular surfaces there are in the entire work.

3. As you have seen, Christopher Wool's Untitled is very carefully arranged. Each of the small rectangles measures 6 inches x 15 inches.
What is the perimeter of each small rectangle?
What is the area of each small rectangle?
What is the perimeter of the whole piece?
What is the area of the whole piece?

4. Technology is both a subject and a component in modern art.
a. Discuss the technological aspects of modern art by looking at the Rauschenberg, Bontecou, the Smith, the Flavin, and the Morris. Concentrate on the processes or pieces of equipment that were involved in making these works of art, and talk about where else these processes or pieces of equipment are used in our society.
b. Look up the words "fluorescent," "fiberglass," and "welding." See if you can guess which words apply to which works.