Adaptive Sculpture

Lisa Rybovich Crallé
6 Sessions » Thursdays, July 10–August 14 
6:30–9:30 pm | Studio 105 | $250

Open to all levels

The term “sculpture” has become increasingly complex over the last fifty years. By emphasizing process over product, contemporary artists seek to challenge traditional notions of art, as well as the perceived barriers between “artwork” and “viewer.” With the advent of photography, video, and the Internet, sculptures now exist in a multitude of forms and are experienced in a variety of contexts. In this course, we will explore the use of Chance Process as an artistic strategy through participatory, performance-based projects and hands-on material exercises—including plaster, wood, and paper-mache. Together we will question the necessity of control—or lack of control—in the studio, and the importance of Chance Process in the history of art, in such forms as: the readymade, assemblage, collage, Fluxus events, land art, performance, and relational artworks. 

Possible Class Projects:
  • Adaptives Project: Make a sculpture that is meant for an audience to touch, hold, and/or wear. Write instructions on a notecard for how a viewer should interact with your adaptive. These instructions can be abstract and poetic if you choose.
  • Gravity Defying Sculptures: Make the most beautiful or interesting arrangement of objects you can while also making it the most physically unstable. Make as many as you can. Photograph each sculpture before starting the next.  

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Lisa Rybovich Crallé lives and works in the Bay Area. Her sculptures, collages, and paintings explore the theatricality of everyday life. Crallé received an MFA from the University of California, Davis,  holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has also studied at San Francisco Art Institute and the New York Studio School. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad, including at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Weekend, Los Angeles; Field Projects, New York; Roots & Culture, Chicago; and Dublin City Gallery. She has been an Artist in Residence at Arteles, Finland; Ox-Bow, Michigan; ART342, Fort Collins, Colorado; the Studios of Key West, Florida; and the People’s Gallery, San Francisco. She is the recipient of the 2011 Robert Arneson Award. 


Lisa Rybovich Crallé
Lazy Bones (Installation View), 2014
Acrylic coating, PVC, polystyrene, and paint
120 x 6 inches
Courtesy of Øgaard Gallery, Oakland