Formal Analysis

Dwayne D. Moore Jr.
AD 207A – Art History I
T.A. ??“ Adrienne Foster
February 16, 2011

Formal Analysis: Here (Nicholas Vergette)

???Here??? is a freestanding sculpture, and it stands about 10 ? ??? tall, and it resides here at the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The statue was constructed by the late professor of the School of Art and Design, Nicholas Vergette, and could quite possibly be seen as a tribute to the School of Art and Design. The freestanding sculpture is arranged on top of hill in front of the new Morris Library, and sits in a very circular stance. All of the sculptures presented here are all presented in different types of colors.

The sculpture itself is in excellent condition, but has signs of massive wear and tear, compliments of its age. The sculpture itself looks as though it was used in many different types of materials. Materials could include limestone, concrete, stone, marble, and many different others. Fragments of the sculpture itself have been wearing away, deteriorating, and losing color. The sculpture itself has much detail within each and every single item presented. Whether it is different carvings, colors, placement, height, width, etc.

The sculpture itself is delicately designed, and is non-symmetrical, but is very abstract. This is proof that Prof. Nicholas Vergette may have been abstract himself. When looking at this piece, it seems as though the artist used very basic geometric shapes, curvilinear lines, and movement. One can assume that Prof. Nicholas Vergette was one for color, because each individual sculpture has a different unique feature colored wise. The formation of this sculpture could be seen as a basic geometric plane as a circle. The form itself depicts that the sculpture was very much so reliant on movement, which gives it great detail.

Taking a closer look at the piece itself, however, the rigidity non-symmetrical organization in stones is constantly relieved by the artist??™s sensitivity and attention to detail as well as his ability as the designer and sculptor. The shapes themselves cannot be seen as truly being geometric, but in the sense can be seen as abstract, off-center, unintentional, and unique. The sense of squares are seen as a relative part here, but have rounded edges, jagged edges, curvilinear lines, rhomboids, cut offs, parallelograms, etc. In all of the pieces the upper portions of the sculptures tend to lean in a certain direction, none of the pieces have a straight edge. Where the sculpture meets the ground, has the viewer wondering if the piece itself continues into the ground. By allowing the viewers eye to follow the movement of the piece, one can sense the intensity and a regular standards from a normals culture.

When looking at this piece, one tends to think of the infamous ???Stonehenge???. There are more than 10 stone pillars. Each pillars shape, color and patterns are different. When looking at this particular piece, I noticed something at the very top of one of the sculptures itself. There was a scroll on the top of one of the sculptures, which is very interesting based on how the sculpture is laid out. This piece titled ???here???, really is similar to the Stonehenge itself, because of the way and the placement of every piece that makes up this sculpture altogether. When thinking of the Stonehenge, we know that the Stonehenge is a very prehistoric landmark known to all people. Although Stonehenge consists of, are large sets of stones that are placed in a circular placement. A similarity that is seen between the two pieces, and makes one believe that Prof. Nicholas Vergette received inspiration from this, is due to its earthwork surroundings.

With this piece, most of the sculpture is carved in broad planes, which proves that the sculptor himself paid particular attention to details and surroundings. He realistically looked around and impersonated all colors in which he saw fit that surround the piece, and place them ever so gently on every piece of this sculpture. Throughout this piece the artist worked in much probing detail. Detail was the biggest portion of what Prof. Nicholas was trying to accomplish, all the while working with the earth and bringing out earth tones from the piece itself.

It can be assumed that this piece has some similarity to the Stonehenge based on the purpose, but one can never tell. The colors of the piece, and the colors around the piece, all help to contain the piece and a more artistic and natural environmental way. The suggestion of the sculpture is one that is more imminent work, rather than a piece that is work in progress.

Thus, the sculpture, with many different variations of the color of the stone, give us a sense of fluidity, the surroundings, peace of mind, and his presence in his work. The sculptor has managed to depict nature and its environment inside this piece, it surroundings, and its beauty. More so, he has made it known that this piece was meant to be a relief freestanding sculpture, that depicts individuality. One cannot tell if this would be used for ritual uses or just for everyday life, but we are grateful that he has blessed us with such a wonderful gift to the eye.