Michael Gruden - Sculpture



My inspiration for Coat Rack came from the surrealist art of Duchamp. I found his artwork to be humorous, yet expressive.



The subject matter of my sculpture is the Industrial Revolution and its effect on society. Blue collar workers killed themselves every day for nothing, only to be surpassed in skill and ability by heavy machinery. In some ways I think the Industrial Revolution killed part of the American mystique.





In front of Cabell Library







sculpture in front of wall




I used mediums of wood, PVC piping, adhesive labels, and a functional pitchfork in my piece. I think the contrast of new and old materials added to the intrigue of the sculpture.


There is also irony in the non-functionality of the Coat Rack. I enjoyed expressing myself through this artwork.