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Technical Manifesto of Futurist Sculpture Umberto Boccioni In his writings Boccioni claims that you cannot separate a subject from its surroundings that artists must move beyond the influence of classical styles to be successful and that movement must be shown without trajectory Only by achieving these things he believes can art be truly valid and not as he says a lamentable spectacle of barbarism and lumpishness Boccioni says no one can deny any longer that one object continues at the point another begins and that everything surrounding our body bottle automobile house tree street intersects it and divides it into sections by forming an arabesque of curves and straight lines While this may be true it does not always make for good art When your canvas or sculptural field becomes too cluttered the importance of the main subject is lost For instance in sculpting Development of a Bottle in Space Boccioni failed to capture the sinuous curves and start beauty of a bottle instead we have the suggestion of a bottle and some cut away forms that I assume were bowls or other objects near the bottle The emphasis is no longer on the bottle but on the piece as a whole as a collection of interesting shapes Boccioni goes so far as to state One must abolish in sculpture as in all the arts the traditionally sublime subject matter This speaks to my above point he removes all emphasis from the subject matter rendering them unimportant to the viewer The result is often a confusing mlange of color shape and dimension which the average person cannot fathom This can be seen to great effect in his sculpture The Unique Forms of Continuity in Space by removing the sublime subject matter he created a stunning piece of art that seems to have no subject and it appears to be almost an abstract rendering of a person in movement The suggestion
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