What do you think when you see Mr. McDonalds and Lego toys?
It’s perfectly acceptable. These types of material and designs have become so common in our lives that we don’t find them any special.
YES, THE SPOILED GENERATION!
This innovative move to change material and approach (will be explained in later paragraphs) actually happened quite recently some time between “October and December 1912” by our great great Pablo Picasso (MoMA.org)
Now, back in the old times (such as Renaissance), artists use either bronze or marble. And, their method is therefore carving, which is removing the excess from the chosen material. This is reduction.
Beginning to sense the greatness of Picasso? xD
Yes, by choosing cardboard and wire as his material for his sculpture “the Guitar”, Picasso separates himself from the artists before. Then, he changed his crafting method, as obviously, he couldn’t “carve” cardboard. Instead, he used “addition” which is combining material to create a sculpture from nothing.
So, next time, when you’re very lucky and have a chance to see this great art piece, don’t be so spoiled and think of it as a elementary-level work. Be grateful, for without it, you would probably never have lego, barbie, and Mr. McDonalds!
Now, for those who are seeking for something deeper, another significance of this sculpture is that Picasso played with the idea of space. If you look closely, you would realize that the guitar is weirdly structured. Some of the parts that are usually concrete are now hollow, whereas the empty parts are now filled up. This “interpenetration of outer and inner space” is a popular topic for the time. Picasso, being one of them, included this element into his art piece.