Last Saturday while the majority of campus was enjoying their first weekend back at school, a group of Sculpture 2-3 students were in Hege Cox doing an exercise called 11 objects/11 hours. Starting at 9:00am, participants had 11 hours to make small sculptures using the materials they chose to bring in. No phones, no Facebook, no email, just art for eleven hours. The assignment was meant to test limits, and that it did. The Sculpture III students were asked to impose a limitation on themselves, such as no food consumption, no talking, or not leaving a specific spot. Senior Zach Klaphaak forced himself to oblige by all of these rules, while Senior Justin Poe chose a less physical restriction: each piece had to have a footprint of a penny. Frustration and fatigue definitely took its toll on everyone, combined with prior commitments and weekend obligations, some people lasted longer than others. Everyone who participated emerged with a set of objects that shared some stylistic elements and themes. It was a great way to get warmed up for the semester to come. Making yourself go to the studio and work for a block of time forces you to work through problems that arise. Time management, proper planning, and work ethic all came into play that day. The following class period the group came together to discuss the outcomes of the day. Some were happier with their pieces than others, but everyone learned something, whether it be about themselves or their work, that will benefit them for the rest of the semester. 

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Justin Poe rests a recliner high atop a platform. Poe did not let his restriction of a “penny footprint” stop him from creating sculptures that rose into the air.

Emily Albert made several boxes during her time in the studio Saturday. This one uses woods that compliment one another for the lid and container.

Lydia Rain combines popcorn kernels, pages from an old book, gold thread, and an old pair of shorts her mom used to wear to create a family of objects that clearly belong alongside each other.

Justin Poe captures his signature form, a house, separated in half atop a toothpick support structure glued to Abe Lincoln’s face.

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