Developing Sculpture

Group and Personal Process
Semester: Semester A Credits: 1.5 Elective course for Third and Fourth year
Semester: Semester A

Credits: 1.5

Elective course for Third and Fourth year

Zohar Gottesman

Zohar Gottesman (born in Israel, 1979) is a sculptor and a graduate of the Department of Fine Arts at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. He holds a bachelor's degree in archaeology and art history from Ben-Gurion University. Gottesman specialized in traditional sculpting techniques in Carrara, Italy.

His works have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in museums, galleries, and public spaces in Israel and around the world, including the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, MoBY, Museum of Contemporary Art in Bolzano, Italy, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, House of Arts in Brno, Czech Republic, K.A.D.E in Amersfoort, Netherlands, and more. Gottesman has received various awards and grants, including the Young Artist Award from the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, the Outset Grant for Contemporary Artists (2017/2022), the Pais Award for Visual Arts (2022/2018/2017), and the Independent Creators Grant from the Ministry of Culture and Sport. He is also a lecturer at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the School of Multidisciplinary Art in Shenkar, and the Midrasha School of Art in Beit Berl.

In this course, students will learn to sculpt by reduction, as well as with the assistance of constructions. The process will move from building a model to the creation of a public sculpture and its placement in space. The sculpture will be made in a group, with each student sculpting a part of it. After completing the sculpture, we will connect the different parts and install the sculpture in the public sphere. Simultaneously, each student will prepare an additional part for the sculpture, which will serve as a disruption, addition, interference, or modification that will be placed on the group sculpture within coordinated time frames, as a kind of sabotage/hybrid/personal statement in relation to the complete sculpture. Throughout the course, the focus will be on the sculpting process, and consideration will be given to the performative aspects of sculpture in public space and the relationship between the personal and the public, action and reaction, inanimate sculpture versus changes over time.