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Art student recipient of international sculpture award

October 30, 2007

David Young, MFA sculpture student in ASU Herberger College School of Art

David Young, a master's of fine arts student in sculpture, has earned distinction as a recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.

Chosen from a field of 339 applicants from 139 national and international colleges and universities, Young's piece, Object in Motion, incorporates design, engineering and science concepts in an innovative display.

“The conceptual basis for my work derives from particle dynamics, basic laws of motion, gravity, quantum physics and probability,” explains Young. “Each piece uses the scientific method, but in reverse -- taking a given understanding and creating an environment in which it can be questioned.”

The sculpture consists of a 20-pound, cast-brass sphere rolling on a wooden table surface set with sensors. The sensors are connected to pneumatic cylinders in each table leg which automatically adjusted the table’s surface to keep the sphere in constant motion. Young’s piece was the only pneumatic piece, and one of only two kinetic pieces, in the exhibition.

“The sphere is usually undefined in its specifics – the un–manifest, unknown, and/or indeterminate”, says Young. “It is also one of the most difficult forms to craft perfectly by hand. I use the sphere as a point of contemplation, the representation of an imaginative act or spiritual moment, while de-emphasizing its sacredness through quantity.”

Object in Motion is on display through April 28, 2008 as part of the Grounds for Sculpture Fall/Winter Exhibition. 

The award was founded in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field of sculpture. A total of 21 students were selected to exhibit their juried artwork this year, as part of a partnership with the International Sculpture Center (ISC) and Grounds for Sculpture, to bring the eighth consecutive Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture exhibition.

Grounds for Sculpture Fall/Winter Exhibition, Hamilton, New Jersey.

October 6, 2007 to April 27, 2008


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